Six years after the Agenda for Humanity workshop

Humanitarianism challenged
Workshop: 25 November 2022 at Erasmus University, Rotterdam from 09:00

You are invited to join ths workshop, “Six years after the Agenda for Humanity : humanitarianism challenged” hosted by the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences and the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies.

Representatives from humanitarian organisations, governments, academics and leaders of crisis-affected communities gathered in Istanbul in 2016 to discuss how to better address the need of people caught in humanitarian crises. It led to the adoption of the Agenda for Humanity, a five-point agenda aiming to “outline the changes that are needed to alleviate suffering, reduce risk and lessen vulnerability on a global scale”.

This workshop will bring together international scholars from various disciplinary fields, humanitarian practitioners and policy-makers to take stock of the progress of the Agenda for Humanity six years after its adoption.

The workshop opens from 09:00 next Friday 25 November. Find the full workshop program below, featuring keynote address by Prof. Dr. Thea Hilhorst (Institute of International Studies).

Please register in advance to attend the workshop here.


9:00 – Doors open

9:30 – Opening remarks – Clara Egger, EUR

10:00 – Panel 1: Afghanistan, Yemen, Ukraine : IHL in crisis?

Antonio Donini, Tuft University
Ghassan El Kahlout, DOHA Institute
Sara Gamha, Geneva Call
Alex Odlum, Geneva Centre for Humanitarian Studies

11:15 – Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00 – Panel 2 : Moving forward with the localisation agenda: addressing power imbalances in governance structures (organised in partnership with KUNO)

Representatives from the Alliance for Empowering Partnerships (A4EP), the Dutch Relief Alliance and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch break

14:30 – 15:45 – Panel 3: From addressing to ending needs: the promises and perils of linking humanitarian action and development agendas

Haley Swedlund, Radboud University Nijmegen; Marie Eve Derosieres, University of Ottawa; Samiratou Dipama, Thomas Sankara University
Ronan Mc Dermott, University of Groningen
Cornelia C. Walther
Jon Harald Sande Lie, Norwegian Institue of International Affairs

15:45 – 16:00 – Coffee break

16:00 – 17:15 – Panel 4: Humanitarianism under siege: nationalism, illiberal humanitarianism and humanitarian commitments

Kristoffer Liden and Kristina Roepstorff, Peace Research Institute Oslo
Cristina Churruca, University of Deusto
Clara Egger, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Talita Cetinoglu, University of Groningen

17:15  Closing keynote – Thea Hilhorst, International Institute of Social Studies

18:00  Closing drinks