Fletcher Features

Humanitarian Aid Needs to be Evidence, Not Anecdote Driven: Prof. Mazurana

Part two of a two part series examining the work of Peter Walker, director of the Feinstein International Center, and Dyan Mazurana, the Center’s research director for gender, youth, and community, on the intersections of global warming, natural disasters, and armed conflict in developing nations.

“Research shows that victims of serious crimes – torture, disappearance, sexual violence, direct attacks that leave significant physical and mental injuries – get knocked so far back, their recovery is inhibited even compared to other war affected populations,” said Dyan Mazurana, professor at the Fletcher School and research director for gender, youth, and community at the Feinstein International Center of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.  “Right now international interventions miss this, and some of the most vulnerable portions of the population are unable to access recovery and development initiatives that are put in place after the fighting stops.  They and their families fall further behind.”

Mazurana is working to change that, partnering with governments, agencies, and human rights and humanitarian organizations to improve efforts to assist people affected by armed conflict.  In addition to her research, Mazurana teaches at The Fletcher School, examining the impact of armed conflict on civilian populations and local, national, and international responses, using gender as a primary mode of analysis.

(Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service)

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