Workshop in Mexico – February 2019

The workshop was organised by one of the Humanitarian Encyclopedia scientific committee member, Simone Lucatello (Academia, Instituto Mora) jointly with Juan Pablo Farias, the OCHA representative in Mexico. The meeting was hosted by OCHA in the UN building

More than 20 people attended the workshop. Participants chose key concepts central to their work and then created categories to group them. The results of this exercise were quite distinct form workshops held in other regions. Two groups created two main categories: development and humanitarian action. The third group distinguished between Disaster risk management and Humanitarian Action. This categorising seems to be quite emblematic of the situation in Mexico and Central America: disaster response is not perceived as Humanitarian Action, but as a responsibility of the government (civil protection); disaster risk reduction is closely linked to development; Humanitarian Action is focused on refugees and displaced people, with migration being a central issue.