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DC901 - Wellbeing of aid workers and aid receivers: do international charities need a makeover?

Earlier this year, news broke that Oxfam workers in Haiti had sexually exploited survivors of the 2010 earthquake. These revelations did more than cause Oxfam to lose thousands of donors and a disgraced chief executive; they sent shockwaves through the international charity sector, with individuals and organizations clamouring for investigations into unethical practices and abuses of power at aid organizations around the world. It raised critical questions about the wellbeing of aid receivers and the responsibilities of aid workers.

We are bringing together a diverse panel to discuss the past, present and future of international aid in the context of wellbeing. Who has the responsibility to ensure the wellbeing of aid recipients? What is their wellbeing? What do the Oxfam revelations tell us about the culture of aid organizations? Do we need to talk about wellbeing of aid workers as well? How do the legacies of colonialism and unavoidable power imbalances impact humanitarian work? And, what, if anything, can we do to redeem the concept and delivery of international aid?
By taking an in-depth look at the culture of exploitation in the aid industry, we aim to start a crucial about what the future of international aid should look like.


Provided by: Doctoral College


Date: Monday 18 February 2019

Venue: Graduate Centre 2.02, Graduate Centre, Mile End

Time: 15:00 - 17:00


  • Ms G Fest