Lessons learned throughout a career in humanitarian response

Lessons learned throughout a career in humanitarian response

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This year, we’ve taken a deeper look at Humanitarian Crises and Emergency Response. In the final episode of the season, I speak with Ambassador Rick Barton, who is currently co-director of the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and the author of a new book called Peace Works: America’s Unifying Role in a Turbulent World.

Drawing from experiences responding to both manmade and natural disasters, from the Balkans to Southeast Asia, Ambassador Barton reflects on the importance of empowering local communities, the values that underlie people-centered development, and how humility is perhaps the most important quality for anyone working in humanitarian response.

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