Humanitarian organisations respond to pressing global challenges: they are operating under fire in Syria, and assisting victims of earthquake and cyclones in Haiti. The need for humanitarian assistance is growing as we have a record number of displaced peoples' (over 60 million worldwide), and climate change has lead to an increase in natural disasters. This course examines the evolution of humanitarianism, the creation of humanitarian organisations, and the competition and collaboration between these organisations as the humanitarian ‘market place' has grown. Students will gain insights into the culture of humanitarian operations, humanitarian funding, and the pathologies of humanitarian organisations. They will also look at how humanitarian organisations are evolving to deal with pressing challenges from climate change to gender equality, and how they are innovating in the digital era.
This course is for 2nd year MIA and MPP students only.