Date(s) - 13/02/2020
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Join Dr. Olivia J. Wilkinson to discuss her book: “Secular and Religious Dynamics in Humanitarian Response.”
Her book investigates the ways in which the humanitarian system is secular and understands religious beliefs and practices when responding to disasters. The book teases out the reasons why humanitarians are reluctant to engage with what are seen as “messy” cultural dynamics within the communities they work with, and how this can lead to strained or broken relationships with disaster-affected populations and irrelevant and inappropriate disaster assistance that imposes distant and relatively meaningless values.