Presentation for Doctors Without Borders
Updated: Sep 20, 2021
On 23 June 2021, EHTZ's PhD researcher, Pernille Bærendtsen gave a presentation for Doctors Without Borders (Denmark) at its summer school at Borups Højskole in Copenhagen. The presentation drew on research and her own practical experiences from development and humanitarian work in East Africa. She provided a background with departure in Tanzania’s history on slave trade, colonisation over independence to development with the case of Denmark’s engagement in Tanzania, as well as an overview of current critical discussions on humanitarian work in regards to the global South and North relationship, need for a new language, structural racism, decolonisation, as well as how humanitarianism and development commonly is communicated to Western audiences.
The presentation was followed by questions from the summer school participants.
Resources used for the presentation:
Taking British politics and colonialism out of our language, Bond’s language guide, Bond, 2021
Racism in the aid industry and international development - a curated collection, Tobias Denskus, 2020
Making Anti-Racism the Core of the Humanitarian System: A Review of Literature on Race and Humanitarian Aid, Carly Kabot, 2021
Danida 50 år : en historie om mejeriprojekter, mudderveje og ministerskift, om velvilje og vandpumper, om succeser og skæverter - og enkelte hvide elefanter: 1962-2012