Reflections on Providing Humanitarian Aid in North Korea and Other Authoritarian Settings

  • Tuesday, July 11, 2023
  • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Social Capital - 28 Spring Street Belfast ME
  • 4


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Increasingly, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) provide humanitarian aid in countries with authoritarian governments. NGOs must ensure that the most vulnerable receive the allocated aid while concurrently liaising and coordinating with government entities who may not prioritize the needs of their at-risk populations by diverting funding or commodities to members of the military, influential entities, etc.

Christy Gavitt is currently a global health consultant. During a six-month period in 1998 and 1999, the presenter was employed by a consortium of five US NGOs. She conducted project assessments and monitored the distribution of US food commodities through 152 food-for-work projects throughout North Korea targeting flood-damaged public works projects. This job entailed repeated contact with as many as 300 North Korean senior officials. She will discuss her experiences during the North Korean consultancy and lessons learned. 

No required texts.  Recommended texts are:

1)'Kim Il-Song's North Korea" by Helen Louise Hunter

2) "North Korea Through the Looking Glass" by Kongdan Oh and Ralph C. Hassig

Note that parking around Social Capital is limited. You may need to park around the corner on High Street or farther downhill on Spring St.

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