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  • Jonathan Benthall

    1. Honorary research fellow in the Department of Anthropology, University College London. He has been engaged since 2005 as an adviser to the Islamic Charities Project (formerly the Montreux Initiative), sponsored by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. His email is
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This editorial takes to task a statement on humanitarianism by Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, which seems to gloss over issues to do with staff selection and management policies, but especially the work of veteran anthropologists in the field of development and alternative perspectives on humanitarianism.