Actions and Detail Panel
Power, politics and the economics of humanitarian action
Wed 16 November 2016, 16:30 – 18:00 GMT
Factoring the economics of war and terrorism can enhance our understanding of complex crises and improve the outcome of negotiations with combatants.
In his book entitled Humanitarian Economics: War, Disaster and the Global Aid Market, author Gilles Carbonnier examines what some have called ‘the dark side of compassion’: the political economy of humanitarianism in situations of war, terrorism, and disaster.
Facing harsh competition on the marketplace, has the humanitarian sector substituted its principles for material incentives? Looking at armed groups, what have been the individual and collective incentives and behaviour in war beyond rules, norms and international law?
This event convenes longstanding experts of the humanitarian ecosystem to examine the political and financial cost-benefit calculus that go into the conduct of war and disaster response.