Political and humanitarian crisis in Myanmar

Humanitarian Governance seminar
Myanmar - people sitting in yellow hats
Assistant professor
Wednesday 24 May 2023, 16:30 - 18:30
Spoken Language
ISS Aula A and Zoom
International Institute of Social Studies
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In this Humanitarian Governance hybrid seminar, Dr Gerard McCarthy presents his book examining how ideals and practices of non-state welfare can sustain democratic resistance and undermine social reform.

This panel discussion marks the publication of Gerard McCarthy’s Outsourcing the Polity: Non-State Welfare, Inequality and Resistance in Myanmar

Informed by research during Myanmar's decade of partial civilian rule (2011–2021), the book examines how ideals and practices of non-state welfare can both sustain democratic resistance and undermine social reform over time.

With non-state social actors more important than ever following Myanmar's return to dictatorship in 2021, Outsourcing the Polity casts new light on the lasting legacies of outsourcing for distributive politics and poses questions about humanitarian engagement in Myanmar in the years to come.

During this hybrid event, McCarthy will offer a short overview of the book and then scholarly and practitioner discussants will offer comments and perspective. We will conclude with a Q&A.

Speakers and discussants

Gerard McCarthy - Assistant Professor of Social Policy and Development at ISS
Maaike Matelski - Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Vrije University Amsterdam
Andrew Fischer - Professor of Inequality, Social Protection and Development at ISS
Khin Ohmar - Founder and chairwoman of the Advisory Board of Progressive Voice

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About the Hum-Gov webinar series

The Humanitarian Governance (Hum-Gov) research project explores the changing dynamics of humanitarian governance in DRC, Ethiopia and Colombia, with a focus on civil society actors and crisis-affected people.

During our monthly Hum-Gov Webinar series guest speakers will contribute with different perspectives around humanitarian governance, accountability, advocacy and alternatives.

The Social Sciences for Community Engagement in Humanitarian Action (SS4CE in HA) project, convened by UNICEF with the support of the USAID Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance, is collaborating with the Hum-Gov project to curate a series of three webinars titled 'Dimensions in the Application of Social Sciences for Community Engagement in Humanitarian Action' to exchange good practices, perspectives, experiences and identify challenges, key areas, and actions that need to take place for the systematic integration of social sciences (methods, approaches, evidence, capacities) for community engagement in humanitarian action. The webinar series aims to convene perspectives of humanitarian practitioners, communities, and academics across a broad range of social science disciplines and expertise.

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