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Charity or Justice? NGOs, Humanitarianism and the Search for a New World Order, 1968-82

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  • Thu 26 Oct 2017 15.30 - 17.00
  Add to Calendar 2017-10-26 15:30 2017-10-26 17:00 Europe/Paris Charity or Justice? NGOs, Humanitarianism and the Search for a New World Order, 1968-82

This paper examines one of the key debates in modern humanitarianism: the tension between charitable giving and the pursuit of more ‘just’ solutions to global poverty. It begins by documenting the roots of those discussions: in the religious, radical, and new development thinking that sparked much soul-searching among Western NGOs in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Where did their conversations take shape? How were the spaces for charity, advocacy, ‘politics’ and aid delineated? And what can they tell us about the how communities in the West viewed the global South?

The second section of the paper examines the practical implications of those debates in the NGO community’s response to calls for global economic reform in the 1970s. It outlines the search for solutions to global poverty that looked beyond charity and the role (or lack thereof) of Southern actors in shaping that campaign. The paper concludes by arguing that the window of opportunity for ‘justice’ had closed in the early 1980s; the re-assertion of a liberal economic paradigm set very definite parameters to what form ‘justice' could take.

Sala degli Stemmi 1st Floor, V.Sa. DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala degli Stemmi 1st Floor, V.Sa.

This paper examines one of the key debates in modern humanitarianism: the tension between charitable giving and the pursuit of more ‘just’ solutions to global poverty. It begins by documenting the roots of those discussions: in the religious, radical, and new development thinking that sparked much soul-searching among Western NGOs in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Where did their conversations take shape? How were the spaces for charity, advocacy, ‘politics’ and aid delineated? And what can they tell us about the how communities in the West viewed the global South?

The second section of the paper examines the practical implications of those debates in the NGO community’s response to calls for global economic reform in the 1970s. It outlines the search for solutions to global poverty that looked beyond charity and the role (or lack thereof) of Southern actors in shaping that campaign. The paper concludes by arguing that the window of opportunity for ‘justice’ had closed in the early 1980s; the re-assertion of a liberal economic paradigm set very definite parameters to what form ‘justice' could take.


Location:
Sala degli Stemmi 1st Floor, V.Sa.

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Lecture

Organiser:
Prof. Luca Molà (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)
Corinna Ruth Unger

Speaker:
Prof Kevin O'Sullivan (National University of Ireland, Galway)
 
 

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