Reflections on Providing Humanitarian Aid in North Korea and other Authoritarian Settings

Ms. Christy Gavitt
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace
10,000won for non-members; 5,000 won for student non-members (with student ID card); free for members


Royal Asiatic Society, Korea Branch lecture series

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Reflections on Providing Humanitarian Aid

in North Korea and other Authoritarian Settings


Increasingly, international and domestic aid workers provide humanitarian aid in countries with authoritarian governments. The benefits to be gained by both the aid organization and the population that aid workers come in contact with can potentially exceed the obstacles and frustrations experienced by the NGO.

During a six-month period in 1998 and 1999, the presenter was employed by the Private Voluntary Organization Consortium for North Korea (PVOC), a consortium of five US nongovernmental relief and development agencies.  Along with six other colleagues, she carried out project assessments and the subsequent monitoring of the distribution of 150,000 MT of US government-contributed maize and wheat through 152 food-for-work projects in seven provinces in North Korea.

             In tonight’s lecture, three main topics will be covered: (1) The Food-For-Work Project, (2) Origins of the Famine...and Coping, (3) Reflections on Working in Closed Societies.


Christy Gavitt began her overseas career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Korea from 1974-76, followed by a year-long internship with CARE-Korea. She then worked overseas in international relief and development programs for 32 years, 19 of those with CARE-USA.  Her assignments included emergency programs in Pakistan, Somalia, Chad, Mozambique, Somaliland, Rwanda and North Korea. She received her Masters in International Administration from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, and her Masters in Public Health from Tulane University in New Orleans.

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