March 02, 2024

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Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings

Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings is a Lecturer in Humanitarian Studies at Deakin University's Centre for Humanitarian Leadership. Her research interests include the DPRK, humanitarian aid, disaster management and civil society.

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Balancing act: humanitarian aid versus human rights activism

Balancing act: humanitarian aid versus human rights activism

Which better helps the DPRK people: working on the ground, or agitating for change?

Balancing act: humanitarian aid versus human rights activism
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings November 19, 2017
Illusion of independence: North Korea’s “civil organizations” and NGOs

Illusion of independence: North Korea’s “civil organizations” and NGOs

Non-state-led collective action is an anathema to the country's politics - but progress is happening

Illusion of independence: North Korea’s “civil organizations” and NGOs
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings October 12, 2017
How the U.S.’s North Korea travel ban politicizes humanitarian aid

How the U.S.’s North Korea travel ban politicizes humanitarian aid

The need for State Department approval of aid projects risks undermining NGO independence

How the U.S.’s North Korea travel ban politicizes humanitarian aid
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings September 13, 2017
Helping hand: Humanitarian aid in North Korea, short and long term

Helping hand: Humanitarian aid in North Korea, short and long term

Should NGOs aim towards grander objectives, or focus on the here and now?

Helping hand: Humanitarian aid in North Korea, short and long term
Can aid workers in North Korea help improve local human rights?

Can aid workers in North Korea help improve local human rights?

The complex demands of humanitarian protection are even more complex when in the DPRK

Can aid workers in North Korea help improve local human rights?
The “Do No Harm” principle and its application in North Korea

The “Do No Harm” principle and its application in North Korea

The concept is central to humanitarianism, but is it applicable to the DPRK?

The “Do No Harm” principle and its application in North Korea
True believers: Faith-based NGOs in North Korea

True believers: Faith-based NGOs in North Korea

As long as they avoid evangelism, the DPRK's religious NGOs have considerable room to work

True believers: Faith-based NGOs in North Korea
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings March 14, 2017
Aid from the enemy: American and S. Korean NGOs in the DPRK

Aid from the enemy: American and S. Korean NGOs in the DPRK

For N. Korea, desperate need for help often trumps ideology

Aid from the enemy: American and S. Korean NGOs in the DPRK
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings December 6, 2016
The perils and positives of residency in North Korea as an NGO

The perils and positives of residency in North Korea as an NGO

Permanently staying in the DPRK has its benefits - but comes with plenty of obstacles

The perils and positives of residency in North Korea as an NGO
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings October 7, 2016
Aid in North Korea and the four humanitarian principles

Aid in North Korea and the four humanitarian principles

Examining how aid works in the DPRK is essential to balancing its pros and cons

Aid in North Korea and the four humanitarian principles
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings September 8, 2016