Cover Image
close this bookDisaster Management Ethics - Trainer's Guide - 1st Edition (Disaster Management Training Programme, 104 p.)
close this folderTOPIC 2: Providing humanitarian assistance to displaced populations and refugees
View the document(introduction...)
View the document21. Introduction
View the document22. Three types of ethical dilemmas
View the document23. Ethical issues
View the document24. More ethical issues
View the document25. Ethical Issue #1
View the document26. Ethical Issue #2
View the document27. Ethical Issue #3
View the document28. Ethical Issue #4
View the document29. Ethical Issue #5
View the document30. Ethical Issue #6
View the document31. Ethical Issue #7
View the document32. Ethical Issue #8
View the document33. Ethical Issue #9
View the document34. Ethical Issue #10
View the document35. Summary

22. Three types of ethical dilemmas


Review the three types of ethical dilemmas that Ken Wilson specified in his essay. Return to the list of ethical issues developed by participants and identify what type of dilemma each is, according to Wilson's typology. Are there other types that should be included in the list? Is Wilson's methodology for resolution of the dilemma feasible? If not, why not?

Ethical dilemma

Methodology for resolution


Choosing between options with conflicting merits and costs

Professional training to make most effective decisions


The values of intended beneficiaries clash with those of humanitarian institutions

Mechanisms of participation and empowerment to facilitate negotiated decision-making and problem resolution


Ethical conflicts perceived within a hierarchy of moral obligations

Consensus around the sanctity of life can serve as the ultimate value superseding moral constrictions of military, economic and political interests