Breaking the Mould: Humanitarian Aid and Empowering Local Communities.
(27 March 2012)
1-3 August 2012
Calman Learning Centre, Durham University, Durham, UK
Baroness Valerie Amos, UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs/Emergency Relief Coordinator and the Head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne, General Secretary Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement of Sri Lanka
Professor Vishanthie Sewpaul, KwaZulu Natal University, South Africa
Professor Abye Tasse, University of Nouakchott, Mauritania
Delivering humanitarian aid in disaster situations is a complicated and controversial subject. Whilst there are numerous examples of good practice that relief workers can point to, there are also countless instances of exploitative and/or inappropriate interventions that those receiving aid have to contend with. This conference asks whether it is time for a paradigm shift in the manner in which aid is delivered and who can be legitimately involved in such work.