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Brazil: The end of a humanitarian decade?

Submitted by Patrícia Tambourgi
For panel Alternative Humanitarian Principles & Non-Traditional Humanitarians

The aim of this paper is to shed light on the participation of Brazil as a humanitarian donor, questioning its current role in the humanitarian donor field. Literature has already highlighted the importance of non-traditional Estate actors as donors in the humanitarian and aid arenas. Regardless of the name the group is labeled (e.g. “non-DAC”, “emerging”, “non-traditional” donors), this movement evokes many questions about the governance of the international humanitarian architecture and about how the non-traditional group can make changes in it. Since 2006 Brazil has been acting as a donor of international humanitarian assistance, both through bilateral and multilateral channels. The peak of the Brazilian contributions happened from 2010 to 2013, that is, in the end of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s mandate and in the beginning of the President Dilma’s Rousseff one. However, in the past few years, Brazil has been going back to the shadows as a donor. This paper presents a qualitative discussion about Brazil as a (former?) donor of humanitarian assistance, based on descriptive statistics elaborated with primary data collect from the government, entailing the period of 2006-2017.