Manipulation of humanitarian aid: impact and effectiveness

golden-fleece-book-coverThe School of Political & Social Inquiry at Monash, The ACFID, and the Feinstein Institute invite you to a discussion on the Manipulation of humanitarian aid: impact and effectiveness, & the book launch of the Golden Fleece by Antonio Donini.

Thursday 15 November 2012
17:30 – 18: 30 followed by refreshments

Ground Floor, Monash University Law Chambers  555 Lonsdale Street,Melbourne

The Golden Fleece examines the impact of manipulation on the effectiveness of humanitarian action.

The tension between fundamental humanitarian values – the prioritization of life-saving over all other considerations – and political or economic agendas is not new. Relief work has long been subject to manipulation by governments, warlords, public opinion, disembodied realpolitik, and to the calculations of humanitarians themselves.

The Golden Fleece asks whether saving lives is, by its very nature, prone to instrumentalization or whether humanitarianism can be transformed and made more immune to manipulation.

Antonio Donini is a Senior Researcher, Feinstein International Centre Tufts University. Donini works on issues relating to the future of humanitarian action. He has worked for 26 years in the United Nations in research, evaluation, and humanitarian capacities. He was also chief of the Lessons Learned Unit at OCHA, where he managed a program of independent studies on the effectiveness of relief efforts in complex emergencies. He has published widely on evaluation, humanitarian, and UN reform issues.

Dr Peter Walker is Director of the Centre and the founder of the World Disaster Report and plea a key role in developing the Code of Conduct for disaster workers and the SPHERE humanitarian standards.