Humanitarianism and diplomacy


Roger GODINO

President of the association "Action contre la faim" ("Action against Hunger")

Seminar Social life | Thursday October 12, 2000

Hunger affects or threatens more than 800 million people, while the planet has abundant food resources. The primary culprit for this disaster is man himself, who does not ensure a fair distribution of these resources. Most often it is poverty, linked to social inequality or as a result of armed conflicts, which leads to malnutrition or famine. Humanitarian enthusiasm rallies numerous organisations which attempt to stamp out this phenomenon, but which are not necessarily received with open arms in the countries where populations are dying of hunger. Their source of finance, largely provided by the United Nations and Europe, is accompanied by a control, which is increasingly strict and which transforms them slowly into proper businesses. In order to survive, these organisations are obliged to become increasingly business-like, but without necessarily losing their soul.

The entire article was written by:

Lucien CLAES

This session was published in issue n°28 of the Journal de l'École de Paris du management, entitled Demandez-moi l'impossible .