World Humanitarian Day – Suggested Resources

19/08/2011 at 9:23 am Leave a comment

Today is World Humanitarian Day. A day to celebrate the dedication of all those people working to help victims of disaster, hunger, disease and conflict.

Irish NGOs issued a statement for the occasion, as did Irish President Mary McAleese, and Concern and Comhlámh are hosting an event in Dublin.

And check out these beautiful photos showing the work of Irish aid agencies.

And our website, How You Can Help.ie, provides clear information on how Irish NGOs respond in times of crisis, how they coordinate with others, and how members of the public can support their work.

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But it’s not all celebration. Humanitarian aid also has its critics.

Some of the criticism has do to with the media portrayal of aid. See for instance:

Other criticism is more fundamental, as it focuses on the way aid is given. A recent review by the UK Government found a lack of global leadership in major humanitarian crises, and made an interesting observation about the lack of experience, and lack of training, of many international aid workers. While the UK army spends 90% of its time training for deployment, the average aid worker is too busy working to enroll in training.

There is also the age old discussion whether humanitarian aid actually ends up fuelling the conflicts in which it is given.

Important discussions. Important stuff to read about, learn about and spread the word about.

And, in addition, today we need to take the time to celebrate the humanity, dedication and professionalism of all those aid workers that continue to do their jobs, day in day out, even and especially when there are no TV cameras or academics to write about it.

Happy World Humanitarian Day!

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