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close this bookDisaster Management Ethics (Department of Humanitarian Affairs/United Nations Disaster Relief Office - United Nations Development Programme , 1997, 70 p.)
close this folderTOPIC 2 Providing humanitarian assistance to displaced populations and refugees
View the document(introduction...)
View the documentThe nature of the working environment in contemporary emergencies
View the documentEthical dilemmas and humanitarian relief
View the documentStrategies for the negotiation of rights
View the documentIdentifying and understanding the limits to available policy instruments
View the documentLabeling and counting beneficiaries
View the documentProviding relief versus securing rights: ethical assistance strategies
View the documentDilemmas in participation
View the documentDisplaced people, refugees and local hosts
View the documentAddressing the needs of women
View the documentObligations to staff
View the documentConclusion
View the documentResponse by Phil Anderson
View the documentResponse by Jacques Cuenod
View the documentResponse by Arthur E. Dewey



Bosnian refugees arriving in the Port of Rijeka after leaving Split by boat. (PHOTO: M. BRER, Refugee Children, Russian language edition), UNHCR, 1993)


Ken Wilson is an ecological anthropologist principally concerned with the use of participatory, livelihood-centered research and management methods for improving relief and development programs. His research has covered various aspects of refugee survival strategies and relief in Sudan, Zambia and Malawi. He joined The Refugee Studies Programme, Oxford in 1989, focusing his research on the situation of displaced Mozambicans both within and outside Mozambique, and on repatriation and reconstruction with peace.


Phil Anderson, a Lutheran pastor, has worked in community-based development and disaster relief in Latin America since 1977 including: the 1985 volcanic eruption in Colombia internally displaced communities, human rights and grassroots development organizations in El Salvador; elections in Nicaragua (1989-1990), Haiti (1990), El Salvador (1991), and Guatemala (1991); coordinating repatriation programs for Salvadoran and Guatemalan refugees, and serving as a representative to the international mediation team in Guatemala on the return of Guatemalan refugees from Mexico (1992-1993).

Jacques Cuenod is the former executive director for Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD), an international consortium of non-governmental organizations working together for long-term development in Africa. Previously, Mr. Cuenod worked for two UN agencies, UNHCR and UN Relief and Work Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), for a total of 33 years.