Changes and Challenges in Humanitarian Assistance - Humanity House


28 Sep


Changes and Challenges in Humanitarian Assistance

What are the current trends in Global Humanitarian Assistance? And what do these trends imply for the Dutch context? During this afternoon we discuss this with professionals from the humanitarian sector. 

The recent publication of the Global Humanitarian Assistance Report of 2017 by Development Initiatives offers a solid starting point for this discussion. Sophia Swithern, co-author of the report, presents the main findings. Thereafter, everyone is welcome to participate in discussions on the changes in players in the humanitarian field, trends in the localization of humanitarian aid and the conditionality of Humanitarian aid.  Three humanitarian professionals will kick of three rounds of discussions on current humanitarian issues.

About the Speakers

  • Sophia Swithern – is the head of Research and Analysis of Development Initiatives and co-author of the Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2017. Her work focuses on Humanitarian Assistance and funding in crisis contexts.
  • Joost Herman – is professor Globalization studies and humanitarian action at the University of Groningen and co-founder of the international master Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA).
  • Saskia Harmsen – works in the Oxfam Global Humanitarian Team and oversees the organizational changes towards localization that Oxfam is undertaking.
  • Arjan Hehenkamp (to be confirmed)– is the General Director of the Dutch Doctors without Borders.
  • Christine Pirenne – is the Head of Humanitarian Aid at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

About this program

This presentation is an initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Platform for Humanitarian Action and KUNO – Kennis Uitwisseling over Noodhulp (Dutch Platform for Humanitarian Knowledge Exchange).


  • English
  • 15:00
  • 15:30
  • 17:45