There is a new humanitarianism for a new millennium. It is principled, ethical and human rights based. It assesses the long term impact of each humanitarian intervention on development and peace.
Aid will be witheld if to deliver it could prolong conﬂict and undermine human rights. The traditional humanitarian principle of neutrality is rejected as both morally repugnant and unachievable in the complex political emergencies of the post Cold War world.
Many prominent humanitarian actors in governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) favour new humanitarianism, including the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the European Community Humanitarian Ofﬁce (ECHO).