Congress 2007 archive
Humanitarian action harvesting
The “Humanitarian issues
and the intercultural community” session brought
out the breadth and depth of our field of knowledge
and the many competencies we have to offer to humanitarian
causes. The values of respect of diversity and dignity
which bind us together as a community are vital to share
with NGO’s as Charaf Moulali expressed how intercultural
thinking needs to be at the very core of the ethics
of humanitarian work. Many NGO’s are the front
line workers dealing with devastating human crisis,
often the results of economic and social domination,
prejudice, discrimination, racism, and genocide .We
thank you for joining us in helping to contribute to
make their work more successful and meaningful.
Chair, NGO Committee
Aid programs are implemented
in different cultures. The uses and practices of interculturality
is that they are always contextual cultural practices.
If so, one must consider the problem of contexts.
The humanitarian action always
takes place in a complex frame/environment. The situations
in which it is engaged cannot give place to models.
It is the reason for which it is difficult, in this
particular field, to elaborate rules that can be valid
To sum up the presentation I
have made in Sofia, I would say that the humanitarian
ethic means saving the lives of those most in need and
at the same time respecting the dignity of each individual
who has fallen victim to armed conflict, famine, disease
or natural disasters. This is where I see a major role
for SIETAR Movement: helping the Humanitarian organizations
to integrate/operationalize the interculturality in
their policy as a core value to better understand the
perception and needs of the beneficiaries and national
Enfants du Monde – Droits
de l’Homme [EMDH] – thanks to SIETAR France
section has started the change of its policy.
Enfants du Monde - Droits de l'Homme - EMDH
Children of the World – Human Rights