Reconsidering the Humanitarian/ Development Divide |

Reconsidering the Humanitarian/ Development Divide


Drawing on 25 years of scholarly work and practice, Prof Carbonnier argues that twenty-first century stabilization operations mark a qualitative shift from the past: they intentionally blur the lines between the security and aid enterprises. This raises critical tensions not only between these two enterprises, but also between the humanitarian and development agendas. Stabilization policies and practices are reconfiguring the debate on the legitimacy and effectiveness of the aid system as a whole. The three Ds approach (defence, diplomacy and development) – with its focus on statebuilding – may arguably be consistent with aid effectiveness principles, but not with core humanitarian principles. “It is high time for policymakers to reassert the legitimacy of the humanitarian and development enterprises in and for themselves” says Prof Carbonnier. If not, aid fatigue will prevail– as will the humanitarian/development divide – to the detriment of those affected by disasters.


Prof Gilles Carbonnier, Professor of Development Economics, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Wednesday, 26 March 2014
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Seminar Room 3-5,
Manasseh Meyer,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469C Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772

Seats are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Kindly register your interest in attending online.

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