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Antonio Donini

Feinstein International Famine Center at Tufts University

Antonio Donini is visiting fellow at the Feinstein International Famine Center at Tufts University where he works on humanitarian policy issues. He has recently taken early retirement from the United Nations.

From 1999 to the summer of 2002 he was the director of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and deputy UN humanitarian coordinator for Afghanistan. He was the chief of the Lessons Learned Unit of UN OCHA where he managed a program of independent studies assessing the effectiveness of humanitarian action in complex emergencies.

In his 27 year UN career he has held positions at the Secretary-General’s Office, the Joint Inspection Unit, as well as completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 1989–91. He is co-editor of Nation-Building Unraveled? Aid, Peace and Justice in Afghanistan (2004) and has published widely on humanitarian and UN reform issues.

Last Updated: June 8, 2017