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When Disaster meets Conflict: (De)politicization and humanitarian advocacy (PART 3) & Lessons on Disaster Governance and Humanitarian Action (PART 4)

When disaster meets conflict

14 October, 2020 @ 10:00 11:30

When disasters happen in a conflict-setting, responses involve many state and non-state actors that try to reach affected populations. Who are these actors and do they work together? Who can affected communities trust to work for their interests? How are politics interfering in their actions?

These were some of the questions which directed research during the five-year research project When Disaster Meets Conflict. The research focused on the nexus between humanitarian aid and disaster governance. Case studies were done in high-conflict settings in Afghanistan, South Sudan and Yemen; in low-intensity conflict settings in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Myanmar, and in post-conflict settings in Nepal, Sierra Leone and Haiti.

The International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam has the honor to invite you to the Online Conference ‘When Disaster meets Conflict: Lessons on Disaster Governance and Humanitarian Action’. During the conference the main findings will be presented and discussed with stakeholders that are active in the Disaster-Conflict nexus.


  • Wednesday 14 October, 10:00-11:30 (CEST) | Workshop 3: (De)politicization and humanitarian advocacy
  • In conflict settings, politics permeate disaster response and negotiations taking place between the multitude of involved actors. Yet, the politicisation of the response is not always done in the open, making it difficult to address. This – and other findings – will be discussed in this working session.
    Join workshop 3 via this link.

Webinar: Wednesday 14 October, 14:00-15:30 (CEST) | When Disaster meets Conflict: Lessons on Disaster Governance and Humanitarian Action

During the webinar key findings of the research project will be presented by the researchers and discussed with stakeholders. You can register for this webinar via this link.

Presentations by the researchers:

  • Prof. dr. Thea Hilhorst
  • Roanne van Voorst
  • Isabelle Desportes
  • Rodrigo Mena
  • Samantha Melis

Panel discussion with stakeholders:

  • Flora Bawi Nei Mawi, Executive Committee Member, Community Care for Emergency Response and Rehabilitation (Myanmar),
  • Saskia Carusi, External Relations Officer United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), regional office for the Americas and the Caribbean,
  • Mihir R. Bhatt, Director, All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (India),
  • Prof. dr. Thea Hilhorst, professor Humanitarian Aid, Erasmus University

International Institute of Social Studies

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