Rethinking humanitarianism: an interview with the UN’s humanitarian chief

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Date published
26 Jan 2022
The New Humanitarian
Development & humanitarian aid, Humanitarian Principles

In the final episode of Season 2 of the Rethinking Humanitarianism podcast, host Heba Aly sits down with UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths to explore his vision for his tenure. They discuss how he intends to address unequal power dynamics in the aid sector, the increasing influence of donors, and the need for humanitarians to push back against an ever-expanding scope of activity. 

He outlines his desire for greater political advocacy by humanitarians; a focus on resolving – rather than just responding to – conflicts; and attention to issues like economic stimulus, traditionally considered outside the scope of humanitarian action.