What’s there to mourn? Decolonial reflections on (the end of) liberal humanitarianism

Olivia Rutazibwa

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This paper questions the extent to which the (arguable) end of the liberal humanitarian order is something to be mourned. Suggesting that current laments for the decline of humanitarianism reflect a Eurocentric worldview, it calls for a fundamental revision of the assumptions informing humanitarian scholarship. Decoloniality and anti-colonialism should be taken seriously so as to not reproduce the same by a different name after the end of the liberal order.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-67
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Humanitarian Affairs
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • aid
  • (de)coloniality
  • development
  • epistemology
  • Eurocentrism
  • liberal humanitarianism


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  • JIAS 2020 Writing Fellowship

    Rutazibwa, Olivia (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

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