Humanitarian agencies are experiencing unprecedented threats and dilemmas in their work.

The conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq in particular have led some to identify a new ‘politicisation’ of aid.

Aid workers in both places have died in unprecedented numbers; coalition armies have used humanitarian assistance as both a tactic to win hearts and minds, and as a reward for intelligence gathering and cooperation.

The use of the word political is wide of the mark, however.

Humanitarian agencies are themselves political; humanitarianism has never been as political as in the last decade with its radical calls for military intervention to prevent and contain conflict.

Latest Publications

Paddy, fish and vegetable marketing systems in northwest Bangladesh: Current situation and opportunities for intervention

  • Countries: Bangladesh
  • Co-authors: Tiago Sequeira Wandschneider Natural Resources Institute
  • Published: August 2001

Strengthening urban livelihoods, Zambia

  • Co-authors: Darren Hedley and David Sanderson
  • Published: August 2000