Saturday, 7 May 2011

Live Seminar at Harvard University entitled "Côte d'Ivoire: Assessing the International Response."

Humanitarian Policy
and Conflict Research
On Thursday May 12th the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University will host a Live Web Seminar on "Côte d'Ivoire: Assessing the International Response."
This Live Seminar will examine the international community’s response to the crisis in Côte d’Ivoire. Though the widespread violence is generally subsiding with the arrest of former President Laurent Gbagbo, the situation in Côte d’Ivoire continues to raise a number of concerns in terms of protecting civilians and adequately addressing their needs. This Seminar will address the following questions:

  • What legal frameworks apply to the situation, and what forms of protection do they provide to civilian populations?
  • What political, normative, and operational dilemmas arise for (elements of) the international community in responding to the ongoing crisis?
  • What is the role of relief and development efforts in the current context?
  • Has the response of the international community been appropriate and effective?

When: Thursday, May 12th, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. -- 11:00 a.m. EDT-Boston. Click here to convert to local time.
Where: Online.
Registration: Required (click here).

"The Roots of the Côte d'Ivoire Crisis" an article written by James North on The Nation magazine focuses on the role of multinational firms in fuelling the civil war in the country. Côte d'Ivoire is the first of the world's top five cocoa producing nations together with Ghana, Indonesia, Nigeria and Cameroon.
Global companies have strong interests in controlling the price commodity. At the end of April buyers were offering 350 CFA-franc (79 cents) per kilogram (2.2 pounds), less than half the price in January, when farmers received at least 800 francs, said Koffi Kanga, the head of a farmers’ cooperative in the southwestern town of Gabiadji (Bloomberg article). 

For more background materials:
IHLRI portal
International Red Cross - Cote ivoire updates
Commodity Atlas - UNCTAD

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