Bringing Political Economy back to Centre-Stage: The challenges of assuring principled humanitarian action in an era of transactional politics
Organiser(s): Gilles Carbonnier, Fiona Terry, Davide Rodogno, Achim Wennmann, Pierrick Devidal

This panel will present a sweeping analysis of the role of humanitarian action in the political economy of armed conflicts, from the impact of aid on local politics and economies when arriving at seaports and railway stations in the wake of the First World War, to the impact of today’s “digital humanitarianism” and public-private partnerships in conflict settings. It will mobilize the past to look at present experiences and reflect on the future of humanitarian action, tackling not only contexts where international aid organizations were present, but also those where they were not, and the difference this made to local political economies.

Based on historical and field research from the Near and Middle East, Somalia, Yemen, Central America and elsewhere, the panel will examine key feat ..

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