Finance

Giles Carbonnier on Humanitarian Aid and Economics

Podcast, 27 September 2015

By Salil Tripathi, Senior Advisor, Global Issues, IHRB

Can humanitarian aid and economics mix? Are there lessons from the way the humanitarian aid sector operates that business can learn from? Are there business skills and techniques that the humanitarian sector should adopt, so that it is more effective?

The idea of applying economic principles to humanitarianism may seem surprising and controversial, but in his conversation with IHRB's Salil Tripathi, author and economist Gilles Carboninier says the two can indeed go together, and it is important that they do so.

Carbonnier is professor of development economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Previously, he worked at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and as a trained economist he applied his thinking towards the agency's worldwide humanitarian work. He has over twenty years of professional experience in humaniarian action, development assistance and international trade negotiations.

Carbonnier is the author of Humanitarian Economics: War, Disaster and the Global Aid Market, to be released in October, where he explores these ideas further. His research and teaching focus on commodity-led development, the economics of humanitarian crises and international development cooperation. In this conversation, he elaborates on his ideas, including how business can play a role, and how human rights principles can be integrated in business interventions in fragile states.

Download Filetype: MP3 - Size: 10.75MB - Duration: 11:44 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)

Latest IHRB Publications

Protecting Wages of Migrant Workers in the Gulf

Last Wednesday Engineers Against Poverty published its latest report on Protecting the Wages of Migrant Construction Workers in countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Scrutiny over the plight of migrant workers in the region continues, and...

Rights and Wrongs - Questioning Free Expression in the Workplace

How can companies negotiate their way around deeply divisive political issues where their employees, contractors, suppliers, and associates may have strong convictions and opinions? Can companies keep politics out of their offices? Can they restrain...

17 September 2019

Commentary by Salil Tripathi, Senior Advisor, Global Issues, IHRB

The Start of Modern Corporate Accountability Efforts - In Memory of Joel Filártiga

It is an unfortunate reality that when human rights defenders speak against their governments, they place themselves at risk of harm. Still, some choose to speak, and in doing so they change the course of history.

Dr Joel Filártiga was one such...

25 July 2019