Humanitarian Aid: Truly Independent?
Thursday, 23 May 2013 from 18:00 to 19:30 (BST)
London, United Kingdom
Independence is one of the key principles of humanitarian aid – for those providing as well as for those receiving the aid.
The third in the series of Bloomsbury Humanitarian Debates will focus on the value of independence in humanitarian aid and how it is put into practice. We hope to address questions such as: What level of independence is needed? Is it sufficient to be perceived as independent? What is more important: financial independence or independence of thought and decision making? And if aid organisations are not truly independent, is their aid at risk of being appropriated by others?
Sir John Holmes, Director of the Ditchley Foundation, former Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the United Nations, and author of The Politics Of Humanity: The Reality of Relief Aid
Ian Birrell, columnist and foreign correspondent, contributing editor at the Daily Mail and former deputy editor-in-chief of the Independent.
Professor Tim Allen, Head of the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and Research Director of the Justice and Security Research
Programme Panel chair: Marc DuBois, Executive Director of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) UK
Co-organised by Birkbeck, University of London; London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM); and Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).