Humanitarian and Development Consulting was established to work with humanitarian organisations, governments, the private sector and communities to improve disaster response, risk reduction and resilience, and to contribute to the expansion of research, knowledge and innovation.
Who we are.
Mary Picard and Victoria Bannon have a unique combination of legal, research and operational experience and are among a small number of globally recognised experts in disaster law.
This evolving field encompasses international and domestic legislative, policy and institutional frameworks for
This work also includes a range of cross-cutting issues related to law, policy and research on human rights, non-discrimination, community empowerment, gender, social inclusion, quality and accountability, as well as issues relating to capacity development.
Humanitarian and Development Consulting services are based on the belief that all programs and services for vulnerable people should:
Be provided without adverse discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, gender, age, ability, social status and economic situation.
Empower people and their communities to be at the centre of program and service development.
Achieve long term, sustainable outcomes.
Respect and adhere to relevant international human right and humanitarian standards, laws and principles.
Meet high standards of accountability, transparency with a commitment to best practice and continuous learning.
Directors / Principal Consultants
Mary Picard PhD BA (Hons), LLB (Hons), DEA (Master’s equivalent), PhD International Law
Mary is a leading expert on legal and policy frameworks for disaster risk management, including risk reduction, climate change adaptation, and urban resilience. She is expert in analysis of national laws and comparative law, as well as public international law, international humanitarian law, anti-discrimination, human rights and gender equality.
BA, LLB (Hons), LLM (International Law)
Victoria brings a rare combination of high-level expertise in international disaster response law (IDRL), and extensive operational experience in the field of disaster risk management and community development. As one of the founders of International Disaster Response Law (IDRL), she has advised governments on the implementation of disaster law, policy and institutional arrangements.