Adapting to Changing Needs? New Models for Humanitarian Aid in an Uncertain World

Date/Time: 17/03/2016  14:00 - 15:30

Location: Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

This event takes place in Ås. Please see map below for detailed location.


This seminar will explore the drivers of change in the humanitarian sector, which include climate change, conflict and demographic change. Although there is much talk about a new model for humanitarian assistance, the argument will be made, drawing on quantitative analysis of humanitarian crises over the past decade, that there are already 4 distinct approaches to humanitarian work emerging, and that what is needed is a global system that can apply the appropriate approach for relevant contexts. This seminar will draw on the research and discussion paper led by Ben Ramalingam for the Montreax XIII Good Humanitarian Donorship conference:

Speakers: Ben Ramalingam

Ben Ramalingam is Leader of the Digital and Technology Cluster at IDS, and Chair of the Humanitarian Innovation Fund. He was previously Head of Research & Development at ALNAP, a unique multi-stakeholder network for improving humanitarian assistance, and deputy director of the Humanitarian Futures Programme. Ramalingam was one of the co-authors of the IPCC Special Report on Extreme Weather Events.


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N.B. This seminar will be held in English and is organized by the department of International Environment and Development Studies at NMBU, under the framework of the research project Courting Catastrophe? Humanitarian Policy and Practice in a Changing Climate and in collaboration with the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS).

Coffee, tea and snacks will be served.

Contact info:

Ritah Katusiime Sandvik-

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