On 1 November 2016, Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (Research Professor in Humanitarian Studies at PRIO and Associate Professor at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law at the University of Oslo) participated in the panel Verdensseminar: En reise i humanitær hjelp de siste 20 årene [World Seminar: A Journey in humanitarian aid over the last 20 years], hosted by Røde Kors Ungdom, Verdensseminaret, SUM and SAIH Blidern.
Humanitarian organizations and researchers were invited to share their experiences and knowledge, and what they think should be the forward. The panel took note of the fact that the number who need humanitarian aid has for the past 10 years has increased from 30 million to 130 million and discussed how need and assistance has changed over time.
Key topics addressed were: young people displaced, complex conflicts, climate-related humanitarian crises, the Geneva Convention and humanitarian law. Additionally, the road ahead for humanitarian aid was discussed, including the opportunity for improvement and to reach out more, more efficiently.
Sandvik participated in the panel with Erik Abild (Flyktninghjelpen), John Karlsrud (NUPI), and Hilde Frafjord Johnson (KrF; former Minister of International Development and UN special envoy to South Sudan).