Eroding Local Capacity: International Humanitarian Action in Africa

TitleEroding Local Capacity: International Humanitarian Action in Africa
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2003
Series EditorJuma, Monica Kathina, and Astri Suhrke
Number of Pages203
PublisherNordic Africa Institute
CityUppsala, Sweden : Somerset, NJ
Abstract

A critical examination of the interplay between international and local actors operating in the humanitarian arena in Africa. All sides emphasise the need to build local capacity for humanitarian action, yet the results have not been substantial. Even long-term, semi-permanent emergencies have generated little local capacity to assist and protect the victims of violence, displacement and related deprivations. In some cases, whatever local capacity did exist has been overwhelmed by the international aid presence. Why is this so? What is the case for a more even division of labour between North and South in this area, and why is it so difficult to bring about? The book focuses on cases from East Africa and the Horn. It considers institutional capacity in the public and private sector, as well as legal and social norms of humanitarian action.

Short TitleEroding Local Capacity
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