World Humanitarian Day: Aid in Danger event at the Overseas Development Institute
On World Humanitarian Day, the Overseas Development Institute launched the book Aid in Danger: The Perils and Promise of Humanitarianism, by Larissa Fast. Sarah Cotton from ICRC UK joined the panel to discuss the book and the problem of increasing violence directed towards aid in conflict.
Larissa revealed that increasing attacks on humanitarian staff in conflict have led to155 aid workers being killed in the past year, and suggested what she saw as the factors driving such attacks. Here you can see the response to Larissa’s presentation (YouTube link) from Sarah Cotton, as well as Sara Pantuliano of the Humanitarian Policy Group and Rae McGrath from Mercy Corps. The panel illustrate the real world challenges organizations face when it comes to keeping staff safe and ensuring aid gets delivered to those in need.
Events in the UK and Ireland
4 September 2014, 6-7pm, Chatham House, London.
Speaker: Yves Daccord, Director-General, ICRC.
14 - 17 September 2014, Madgalene College, Cambridge. The British Red Cross will hold its biennial Summer School on International Humanitarian Law in September 2014. This residential course is aimed at people with a professional interest in the practical application of IHL.