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Geoff Goodwin

Departmental Lecturer in Development Studies, University of Oxford

Geoff Goodwin is a Departmental Lecturer in Development Studies at the University of Oxford. He is an interdisciplinary political economist, drawingprimarily on economics, geography, anthropology and history. His current research focuses on the coproduction of water in Ecuador and Colombia.

Sessions

Sunday

12:35 pm

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1:30 pm

Sustainability in Humanitarian Action

Pursuing community and risk-driven approaches for crisis resistance.

Whilst humanitarian aid and crisis response are primarily about short-term intervention, finding more sustainable solutions to this process has become an imperative for the humanitarian sector. The influx and subsequent withdrawal of international aid workers - and the financial support that comes with them - not onlymake it difficult to sustain crisis management and prevention but can also have an adverse effect on the local community in question (as was notably the case in Liberia). How can crisis management become more sustainable? Would the devolution of responsibilities produce a moreconsistent and culturally sensitive humanitarian response? Should we switch to a risk-driven model with a greaterfocus on crisis prevention? What mechanisms can be put in place to ensure a more reliable flow of humanitarianfinancing? This panel will explore approaches to better integrate regional organisations and leadership into thedesign, implementation and assessment of humanitarian responses alongside the role of risk-informed crisisresilience in developing strategies for crisis sustainability.