Lessons from the history of humanitarian action in Latin America and the Caribbean

29 - 30 October 2014
Conference
Description
The two-day event will bring together leading policy makers, humanitarian practitioners and academic thinkers to discuss the evolution of humanitarian action in conflict and disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean since the early 20th Century, and reflect on what it means for improving humanitarian action today.

Key questions will include:

  • How has the concept of humanitarianism evolved and been interpreted across the region and over time?
  • How have key disaster events and institutions shaped the region's management of disasters and disaster risk?
  • What implications of long-standing armed conflicts had on the way the region handles displacement, asylum, migration?
  • How have social movements, political movements, religion and indigenous cultures shaped and influenced humanitarian action?
  • What are key legacies of the colonial system? How has decolonization shaped Latin America's humanitarian history in different areas?
  • What are the links between solidarity, human rights and humanitarian action?

Universidad Santo Tomás, Bogota, Colombia