Humanitarian negotiations are life-and-death issues for people in need, but they also raise troubling political and ethical dilemmas for the organizations that are engaged in them. In the forthcoming book Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed: The MSF Experience, published by Columbia University Press, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) takes a critical look at how its teams have negotiated to gain access to people in urgent need of lifesaving medical assistance in the 40 years since MSF was founded, including recent case studies from Somalia, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar.
Please join us for a live online discussion of these issues featuring several experienced MSF aid workers, who will share their first-hand experiences from past assignments. They will describe the often complicated process of negotiating with governments, armed groups, public health officials, international actors, community leaders, and local officials; as well as the struggle to define what compromises are acceptable in order to run programs in crisis zones.
This moderated discussion will feature:
- Michelle Mays, MSF Nurse who has completed 4 field assignments in India, Haiti, and the Democratic Republic of Congo
- Suerie Moon, PhD, Instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health, Associate Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program at the Center for International Development, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and member of the Board of Directors of MSF-USA
- Michael Neuman, Research Director at the MSF Center for Reflection on Humanitarian Knowledge and Action (CRASH) and editor of the recently published volume Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed: The MSF Experience
- Jennifer Tierney, Director of Development for MSF-USA