Hasow International Conference

Data: 25/03/2013 - 26/03/2013

The Humanitarian Action in Situations Other than War (HASOW) project was launched in 2011 with a mandate to examine these changing landscapes of violence and their implications for humanitarian action. At the center of HASOW is a preoccupation with examining the dynamics of urban violence and the changing face of humanitarian action in non-war settings, or so-called "other situations of violence". Based at the Institute of International Relations of PUC-Rio and in partnership with partners across Latin America and the Caribbean, HASOW is considering the intensity and organization of violence and the organization of humanitarian interventions in cities as diverse as Ciudad Juarez, Medellin, Port-au-Prince and Rio de Janeiro. With support from the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC) HASOW has elaborated a work stream until 2014 that includes seminars, conferences and ongoing field research. It adopts a multi-disciplinary approach with a core team of five researchers and three research associates.

Main Goals of the conference

(i)    to assess the many meanings and values that underpin “protection” in violent urban contexts,
(ii)    to examine practices of protection developed by humanitarian agencies and communities and the ways they    contribute to humanitarian spaces in urban settings
(iii)    to analyze the normative and operational opportunities and dilemmas confronting humanitarian agencies while operating in other situations of violence and implications for settings across Latin America and the Caribbean and beyond.

While intended to enhance and improve the protection of civilians, the HASOW conference is intended to engage critically with humanitarian practices. It is an opportunity for scholars and practitioners to examine definitions of core concepts, lessons emerging from practices, and perceptions and experiences in affected areas. The HASOW conference will examine emerging practices in relation to access and assistance and the constraints on the ground.

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