32. TED Talk – Peter Walker on locally-led humanitarian action


Learning outcome

After completion of the following activities, students will be aware of the importance of locally-led humanitarian processes and will know how to navigate through the TED various talks.


After watching the video, try to answer the following quizzes.


TED is a non-profit initiative devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics including humanitarian action. Meanwhile, independently run TED events help share ideas in communities around the world. TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. Many Ted talks have covered cutting-edge issues related to humanitarian action including the links with culture and humanitarian actionMost of the TED Talks are also available on YouTube.

Peter Walker (Feinstein International Center at Tufts University, USA) made a powerful talk on locally-owned humanitarian action which introduces very well the debate on anthropological issues.

Take quiz

Question 11 pts

The proportion of relief funds that goes directly to local groups is not more than:

Question 21 pts

In today’s real world, so-called partnership agreements are actually related to aid:

Question 31 pts

In Myanmar, traditional disaster-resistant vernacular building techniques consist of:

Question 41 pts

In order to have a locally-owned successful relief effort, we need: (Check all that apply)

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