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Open lecture by Fulbright Professor Cecelia Lynch

Fulbright Professor Cecelia Lynch (University of California, Irvine)

Critiques of Global Humanitarian and Development Aid: Is "Nordic Exceptionalism" an Alternative?

Critics of humanitarianism and development cite a number of problems that make aid inefficient, an unwitting tool of militarized politics, or inegalitarian. Criticisms include  top-down, donor-driven programs, lack of genuine partnerships with beneficiaries and organizations "on-the-ground," privileging of technical knowledge over history and context, misguided metrics, and paternalistic and racialized representations of beneficiaries. In this talk, Prof. Lynch outlines a number of these critiques from recent literature (including those of the CIHA Blog. She then outlines elements of the "Nordic model" of aid and asks, whether it is a framework whose time has come and gone, or whether it contains elements that can still address inequities in aid relationships.

All are most welcome to join this talk!


Tampere University International Relations and Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI)

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