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Humanitarianism under stress – meeting the challenge, strengthening the architecture and reviving the rules

26 April 2018 17:00–18:30

IDS, Convening Space,
Library Road,

The international humanitarian system plays a critical role in development – but the system is operating under unprecedented stress. Armed conflict, climate risk, and insecurity have contributed to record levels of displacement.

Moreover, as conflict-related displacement becomes more protracted, the boundaries between near-term humanitarian emergencies and long-term challenges relating to poverty reduction, resilience and human development are increasingly blurred.

In this Sussex Development Lecture, Kevin Watkins will provide reflections on the strengths of the humanitarian architecture and the institutional, financial and rules-based challenges that have to be addressed if the system is to provide protection and support recovery for some of the world’s most vulnerable children.


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