Ethical Challenges in Humanitarian Assistance

Květa Princová

Medailon autorů:

Dr Kveta Princova – Caritas College of Social Work Olomouc and Palacky University, the guarantor of bachelors and masters programs on International Humanitarian and Social Work. As a humanitarian worker and the head of programs of Caritas Czech Republic, she worked in the former Soviet Union and the Balkans. She studied management in social organisations and has a PhD in applied ethics.


Humanitarian assistance is generally understood as a positive action with good impacts, but sometimes especially in war situations and combined crises (disaster and war) it is connected with many ethical dilemmas which have to be solved by humanitarian workers. In this article some principles and theories are introduced that could help to find solutions. However application of the theories and the principles alone is useless. Real knowledge of the theories and ability to combine them, wisdom, humility, prudence and a lot of experience are important in order to be able to solve the dilemmas and help in favour of the people in need.

Klíčová slova:

etická dilemata, humanitární pomoc, humanitární pracovník, etické teorie, etické principy, kodex chování, Sphere Projekt, lidská práva

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