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:

1. What is the most robust argument that is supported by the data?
2. How would you assess the quality of the data in your topic?
3. What are the most significant gaps in your area of study?

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:

1. What is a significant trend in the humanitarian system?
2. What is the primary cause of this trend?
3. What is the direct or indirect evidence of this trend and its cause? What kind of evidence do you need?

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:

1. What is an important consequence of these trends?
2. What is the direct or indirect evidence of this consequence?
3. What might soften the impact of this consequence? 

Part #4: Why should we care?

1. What is an important theoretical or practical implication to be gained from a study of the changing map of humanitarianism?

January 20
Location: Marvin Center, Room 310, 800 21st St. NW (find it on this map)

8:30-9:00               Registration and Breakfast

9:00                        Introductions

Part I
Who Shows Up?

9:30-10:00           The “Old” World of Humanitarianism

NGOs, States, International and Regional Organizations. Katherine Haver.

10:00-12:00        The “New” World of Humanitarianism, I

Non-DAC States. Kerry Smith

Non-DAC States. Claudia Meier

UN Agencies. Saroj Kumar

NGOs (Southern). Rachel Robinson

CSOs. Mona Atia.

Faith Based (Northern). Robert Woodberry

Faith Based (Southern). Kathryn Marshall

12:00-1:30           Lunch

Presentation: Nancy Lindborg, Assistant Administrator, USAID, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance

1:30-3:15             The “New” World of Humanitarianism, II

Diaspora Groups. Jennifer Brinkerhoff.

For-Profit Aid Agencies. Jessica Vogel.

Philanthropies. Wesley Longhofer.

Social Technologies. Mikel Maron

Corporations. Ted Okada.

3:15-3:45             Coffee Break

3:45-5:30             Part II: Trends

Antonio Donini

Michael Elliott

Alexander Horstmann

Eric James

Jeremy Konyndyk

Everett Ressler

Susan Martin

Mark Silverman

Saturday, January 21
Location: Elliott School of International Affairs, 
Lindner Commons, Room 601
1957 E Street, NW 
(find it on this map)

8:30-9:00             Breakfast

9:00-10:30           Part III: Consequences

Nan Buzard

Joel Charny

Bill Garvelink

Dennis King

Paul Miller

Nina Nepesova

Marie Juul Peterson

Janice Stein

10:30-11:00         Coffee Break

11:00-12:30         Part IV: So What?

Ilana Feldman

Stephen Hopgood

Sara Pantuliano

Peter Walker

12:30                  Lunch
Amir Stepak,
Jan 17, 2012, 10:47 AM