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Josef Korbel School of International Studies Humanitarian Assistance Program

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Dale Buscher

Senior Director for Programs, Women's Refugee Commission

Guest speaker, Senior Director for Programs, Women's Refugee Commission, Dale BuscherDale Buscher, Senior Director for Programs at the Women's Refugee Commission (WRC) spoke to students at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies on April 29 about a career encompassing refugee livelihoods, youth, gender, and sexual and reproductive health. He has worked with Vietnamese boat people in the Philippines, Haitian refugees interned at Guantanamo Bay, displaced Kurds in Northern Iraq, Bosnian refugees in Croatia and Kosovars in Albania and Kosovo.

When tackling a project, Buscher highlighted the need to target the most vulnerable while also considering the objective of the program. He noted the importance of using appropriate intervention and not reaching beyond competency which may risk doing harm. Buscher repeatedly stressed the importance of developing a rapport with communities: it is more important to help people fix things themselves, not fix things for them. "People are vulnerable, but people are also resilient," he said. Buscher clarified, "It's not about charity; it's about working with communities and recognizing them as partners."

For more information about Dale, check out our Spring 2013 Newsletter.  To learn more about the Women's Refugee Commission, click here.