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Fiona Terry Discusses the Challenges of Neutral Action

By: Sophia Pelka - Published: Feb 11, 2012 • References: doctorswithoutborders.org and youtube
Fiona Terry holds a Ph.D in international relations and political science from the Australian National University. Over the past 20 years, she has dedicated her life and career to humanitarian operations in developing areas of the world. In this speech, she discusses how humanitarian action can at times do more harm than good.

She delves into the responsibility of providing neutral aid and the challenges in her experiences. The struggle with humanitarian action today is deciding whether aid should be used to influence the vulnerable or only on the basis of our shared humanity. Terry closes strongly, saying "Aid organizations can't lament the instrumentalization of aid on one hand and then contribute to it and participate on another. They need to choose."