Mapping the World of Humanitarianism
The workshop is divided into four parts. Part I surveys the world of humanitarianism. Unlike other conversations that limit who “counts” in the humanitarian world to those who accept the principles of neutrality, impartiality, and independence, we begin by asking a different question: “who shows up.” After we have begun to map this “new” world of humanitarianism, Part II steps back and asks: Why is this world changing? (Assuming it is). In order to use what we learned from Part I to drive our discussion in Part II, we explore the primary causes for the rates of growth and decline among the traditional and nontraditional actors, i.e. diaspora groups, and how these changing rates reflect broader, system-wide, developments, i.e. migration and technology. Part III then asks: why does this matter? Part IV concludes by summarizing what we have learned and brainstorming about where we go from here. We are particularly interested in four different issues for the future: (1) what are the questions that are of greatest concern to each of the three knowledge communities at this workshop (policymakers, researchers, and academics)? (2) how might these communities collaborate to further their areas of inquiry? (3) what sort of products should we imagine developing? (4) how can we broaden the conversation to include more voices from the “new world”?
Many of you have been listed to give a presentation. These presentations are to be short and to the point (imagine presenting to an undergraduate class, preparing a memo for the head of mission, or giving a presentation to the Security Council). We have a lot of presentations. We want to leave room for conversation. The only way we can get through all the presentations and leave room for discussion is if our presentations are short (5 minutes), to the point, and address a common set of questions. Please review the questions we have assigned for each session as you prepare your presentation. If you would like to send a powerpoint presentation in advance, please do so. If you will need powerpoint, please let us know.
Part #1: What does World of Humanitarianism look like?
We ask those presenting in this session to discuss [insert actor here] in relationship to the following questions:
Part #2: What is the most significant trend in humanitarianism?
We ask those presenting in this session to pick one trend and discuss in relationship to the following questions:
Part #3: What are the consequences of the identified trends in humanitarianism?
We ask those presenting in this session to hypothesize what are the consequences of identified changes in relationship to the following questions:
Part #4: Why should we care?
Location: Marvin Center, Room 310, 800 21st St. NW (find it on this map)
Who Shows Up?
Presentation: Nancy Lindborg, Assistant Administrator, USAID, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance
Saturday, January 21
Location: Elliott School of International Affairs,
Lindner Commons, Room 601
1957 E Street, NW (find it on this map)
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