Ebola | the humanitarian's dilemma

The subject is being debated around the EU. Belgium's migration minister, Theo Francken said in March that MSF was encouraging people smugglers, earning him a swift rebuke from his prime minister Charles Michel who told him to "respect humanitarian work".

Steele, David B., (1998), “Securing Peace for Humanitarian Aid?” , Vol.5 No.1, pp.66-88

Today’s complex humanitarian crises require a more active political will from the main international actors to face the power structures that benefit from violence and conflict, by resorting to more coherent and consensual solutions, and by limiting the involvement of military forces in the distribution of aid and other traditionally humanitarian activities. In a context where bilateral aid is increasingly denied to countries that do not obey western economic and political structures and demands, maintaining a humanitarian action that is free from political conditionality and military constraints is even more necessary.[57] It must, therefore, be reaffirmed that when people are actually suffering, the humanitarian imperative must prevail over political and military objectives. At the same time, there needs to be a search for more sustainable and positive relations between humanitarian action and political motivations, as well as durable and coherent solutions for conflicts.[58]


The Dilemma of Humanitarian Intervention

[42] Larry Minear, The Humanitarian Enterprise: Dilemmas and Discoveries. (Bloomfield CT: Kumarian Press, 2002).

The year 2005 has become the year of development. In September, at the UN Millennium Summit meeting of heads of state, in New York, leaders of wealthy nations will emphasize their commitment to deeper debt relief and increased aid programs for developing countries. The Millennium Development Goals, the centerpiece of the conference's program, call for halving the levels of world poverty and hunger by 2015.


South Korea’s Humanitarian Dilemma by Victor Hsu | …

ABSTRACT: With the end of the Cold War, both the concept and practice of humanitarian action have significantly changed. The emergence of the so-called ‘complex humanitarian crises’ made it clear that traditional humanitarian responses based on the classical principles of impartiality and neutrality were not sufficient nor the most appropriate to respond to such complex challenges. The 1990s thus saw the emergence of a ‘new humanitarianism’, which incorporates much broader and longer-term objectives, such as development or peace and poses significant challenges to humanitarian actors in the field. Most of these challenges relate to the increasing political and militarized nature of humanitarian action that was pursued. This article aims to analyze the evolution of the concept and practice of humanitarianism by critically looking at the main trends that have characterized the most recent aid paradigms and by arguing that effective humanitarian action is now facing significant dilemmas and being undermined by this new approach to humanitarianism.

Mar 29, 2011 · South Korea’s Humanitarian Dilemma ..

The experiences of many other developing countries confirm the importance of specific internal factors. Like Vietnam, neither China nor India -- the two emerging superstars of the last quarter century -- has benefited from trade preferences. And neither has received much foreign aid compared to countries in Africa and Central America. But by enacting creative domestic reforms, China and India have prospered, and in both countries poverty has plunged.

The Digital Humanitarian Dilemma - Medium

This week, the Israeli military revealed the scope of the humanitarian aid project, which it calls Operation Good Neighbor and which began in June 2016 along the Israeli-Syrian boundary on the Golan Heights.