‘Do No Harm’ Revisited: Assessing the Challenges of Its Relevancy in Post-Earthquake Haiti

The notions of humanitarianism, aid, and development assistance have long been associated with committing to the greater good. Figures displaying public support seem to speak for themselves: in response to one of the greatest humanitarian emergencies since the 2004 tsunami, the UK public alone donated £107m to agencies of the Disasters Emergency Committee working to ease human suffering following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. However, criticisms of humanitarian aid have become more prominent. One common argument implies a disregard for local dynamics and the existence of underlying motives that lead aid agencies to act to maximise their profits, negatively impacting and prolonging conflict.

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