When humanitarian action becomes politics

Humanitarian action is used and abused in super power politics, by governments, the media and NGO’s themselves. The way a crisis is defined, frames the response of the international society. –Afghanistan was the first major attempt by the international community to reframe a conflict to suit the needs of Western powers. Humanitarian action was integrated in a political mission. But the idea that you can incorporate humanitarian action into political agendas usually backfires, says Antonio Donini from the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University.

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