In this Humanitarian Governance webinar, 'Reversing Humanitarian Ethics: Is it time to re-examine the ethical foundations of modern humanitarianism?', Tammam Aloudat argues for an exploration of alternative ethical frameworks for humanitarian action.
What gets criticized less is the moral foundations of modern humanitarianism. The tone here is that humanitarianism is good at heart but is sometimes applied imperfectly.
This, however, is a problematic assumption. Modern humanitarianism comes from a colonial, post-colonial, and Cold War world and functions today in an increasingly populist, nationalist, and neoliberal system. The foundational moral positions and impulses of humanitarianism is steeped into these worldviews and cannot be a priori assumed to be the best ethical frameworks for the future.
This presentation, rather than argue for particular actions (localization for example) argues for an exploration of alternative ethical frameworks for humanitarian action and how can they be brought about by those most affected by humanitarian crises.Registration here.