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“The Role of the Diaspora During and After Crisis Situations”. Side Event to the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment June 25 th 2014, 8:15 to 9:30am, Conference room 7 (NLB), UN Headquarters, New York Speaker: Katleen Felix, President
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Side Event to the ECOSOC
Humanitarian Affairs Segment
June 25th 2014, 8:15 to 9:30am,
Conference room 7 (NLB), UN Headquarters, New York
Speaker: Katleen Felix, President
Haitian Hometown Associations Resource Group (HHTARG)
Q1) To what extent can or should diaspora communities be engaged in humanitarian response during natural disasters and conflict?
Q2) During natural disasters and conflict, how can diaspora communities be sure that humanitarian actions are meeting needs and upholding humanitarian principles?
Humanity: Human suffering must be addressed whenever it is found. The purpose of humanitarian action is to protect life and health and ensure respect for human beings.
Neutrality: Humanitarian actors must not take sides in hostilities or engage in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.
Impartiality: Humanitarian action must be carried out on the basis of need alone, giving priority to the most urgent cases of distress and making no distinctions on the basis of nationality, race, gender, religious belief, class or political opinions.
Operational Independence: Humanitarian action must be independent of the political, economic, military or other objectives that any actors may hold with regard to areas where humanitarian action is being implemented.
Source: OCHA on Message: Humanitarian Principles, November 2011
***New Mega-Federations (post-earthquake):
Start the dialogue now and take concrete action to involve all stakeholders (including diaspora and local communities)
For long term sustainability:
“In reality we often don’t have a true partnership that involves the diaspora organizations and treats them as equal partners.
Policy makers and people who design engagement programs need to protect the migrant organizations from those free rider behaviors”
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Yes! various cases from the Haitian Diaspora confirmed this assumption