Save Lives or Save the Regimes? An Interview with Dr. François Audet.

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

ATHA’s Anaide Nahikian recently sat down with Dr. François Audet, Scientific Director of the Canadian Research Institute on Humanitarian Crisis and Aid (OCCAH) and a professor of management and technology at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Their discussion centered on Dr. Audet’s recent research, which looks at the interest and attitudes of western humanitarian organizations in developing local capacities, and explores the influences behind agencies’ decision-making process.
You can listen to the interview by clicking on the audio player below. If you want to be the first to hear similar discussions in the future, we encourage you to subscribe to our podcast in iTunes.

If the audio player above does not load, you can listen to the podcast here.

Some more information on Dr. Audet’s research: Using the bureaucratic model of Allison and Zelikow, the objective of this research is to understand the attitudes of humanitarian organizations vis-à-vis local capacity building, arguing that these approaches are determined by bureaucratic process, political compromise, and institutional survival interest.
Through this lens, this research shows that capacity building is not systematic and will be implemented only if organizations are obliged by their donors or their status. Their bureaucratic behavior is shape by a resistance to change, their institutional survival interests, and the domestic context in which they are making their decisions. This paradox generates questions on their claimed independence from institutional donors and public authorities. In fact, it seems that they cannot harmonize their mission with the management model that they have to use to in order to survive. Humanitarian bureaucracies are constantly navigating the dilemma between “what they should do” and “what they wish to do” to realize their mission, while also ensuring their survival. For more information on this topic, please see Dr. Audet’s paper, and follow him on Twitter @FrancoisAudet.

Add new comment

(If you're a human, don't change the following field)
Your first name.
(If you're a human, don't change the following field)
Your first name.
(If you're a human, don't change the following field)
Your first name.
To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Allows content to be broken up into multiple pages using the separator: <!--pagebreak-->.
  • Allows breaking the content into pages by manually inserting <!--pagebreak--> placeholder or automatic page break by character or word limit, it depends on your settings below. Note: this will work only for CCK fields except for comment entity CCK fields.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.

Recent Tweets

Follow Us

Twitter icon
Facebook icon
LinkedIn icon
Vimeo icon
YouTube icon

Our Sponsor


A Program Of




All materials © 2014 Harvard University


Back to Top

Back to Top