Principled aid in an unprincipled world

The author reports on the proceedings of this conference, opened by Clare Short (UK Secretary of State for International Development), who suggested that the event had come about due to a desire to `tackle the underlying causes of conflict and strife'. The participants, though, made it clear that humanitarians are divided over the principles governing their work. Many key questions, while discussed, remained unanswered; such as how to prioritise principles, whether political will or humanitarian principles (or both!) are lacking, and how to handle humanitarian intervention into just wars. The author concludes by discussing the under-representation of women at the conference.