Humanitarian assistance and conflict management: the view from the non-governmental sector
As part of their efforts to intervene constructively in conflict-affected regions, non-governmental agencies and associated research centres publish different types of literature intended to improve performance. This article provides an overview of this material and assesses its significance for a wider constituency of scholars and policy analysts. The literature falls into three main categories: 1) reviews of issues that agencies must address when seeking constructive modes of intervention; 2) case-studies of particular conflicts; and 3) skills-development and training materials. The great value of the literature to the broader international relations community is the richness of the empirical material presented, and the consequent insights into conflict dynamics that come from the ‘bottom-up/insider-out’ community-level perspectives.
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Document Type: Review Article
Affiliations: Director of the Centre for the Study of Forgiveness and Reconciliation at Coventry University
Publication date: October 1, 2001