Changing practices of humanitarian advocacy
Organiser(s): Dorothea Hilhorst, Margit van Wessel

In the humanitarian domain, advocacy has mainly been associated with humanitarian diplomacy, associated with ‘maximising support for operations and programs, and building the partnerships necessary if humanitarian objectives are to be achieved’ (Régnier, 2011). A secondary meaning of humanitarian diplomacy concerns how international humanitarian law, disasters, or humanitarian needs are used in the negotiation of states’ international relations (Kelman, 2011). Attention to advocacy has been directed towards transnational activism on behalf of affected communities, such as the campaign to recognize genocide in Darfur (Mamdani, 2009), and advocacy work by agencies to convince donors of the importance of their concerns. Typically, agencies hire advocacy officers that is developing as a profes ..
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