The ethos-practice gap: perceptions of humanitarianism in Iraq

31 March 2008 Greg Hansen

This article summarizes a country study on Iraq, which focussed on what Iraqis and aid workers believe to be true about the way the humanitarian apparatus has functioned or malfunctioned in Iraq, and why. Its findings confirm both the strength of the humanitarian ethos in Iraq and the operational value of principled humanitarianism, but call attention to significant gaps at ground level between ethos and practice.

About the author

Greg Hansen
Aid worker and independent researcher

Aid worker and independent researcher based in Amman, Jordan. He has been tracking humanitarian practice and policy in Iraq since early 2004.