Debate on Exclusion of staff for the sake of access

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Short term solution, long term problem?

To gain access, or to lower the risk, we exclude certain otherwise qualified staff based on race, nationality, gender or religion in some key contexts. No Brits, American, Pakistani or Indians in Afghanistan, only (black) African nationals in Mali and Mauritania. So far we have been pragmatic; access to the people in need prevails. How far can we go in this pragmatism? Kidnap risk, and the high price commanded by (white) western expatriates is often at the root of these decisions, but avoiding these staff is at best a short term solution, but poses a longer term moral risk. Sometimes one of the warring parties demands or excludes certain nationalities or religions. Is that an acceptable compromise, to favour access over control of the choice of the staff we send? This debate aims to explore the practical constraints, the moral dilemmas and long term effects of this practice.

Chair: Michiel Hoffman
Panel: Karl Nawej (HoM Mauretania), Dr. Popal (Doctor in Ahmed Sha Baba, Afghanistan) and Bart Janssens (Director of operations)

Exclusion of staff for the sake of access Part 1

Exclusion of staff for the sake of access Part 2

Exclusion of staff for the sake of access Part 3

 

By: Göran Svedin