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Humaniarian Aid and the War Economy in Syria

Humaniarian Aid and the War Economy in Syria

Fri, 28 Feb 2020 08:30-09:30 - PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

While humanitarian aid is key in Syria, questions need to be asked about how the procurement of goods and services by humanitarian and development actors, using international funding, can contribute to a war-crime-economy. The Syrian Legal Development Programme (SLDP) has conducted extensive research into businesses that supply aid groups, including the UN, and how some of these businesses are sanctioned for human rights abuses. The seminar will share the findings of this research, discuss the challenges in operating in a conflict zone like Syria from the perspective of business and human rights, and discuss some solutions that donors and aid agencies could take to mitigate the negative impact of their operations.