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The Journal of Humanitarian Assistance: Losing Principles in the Search for Coherence? A Field-Based Viewpoint on the EU and Humanitarian Aid

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Resource type:Articles
Language:English
Keywords:Capacity development, Development & humanitarian aid, Partnerships, System-wide performance
Countries:Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger
Author(s):Pontiroli, A., Ponthieu, P. and Derderian, K.
Date published:29 May 2013
Pages:11pp

With the international intervention in Mali in 2013, humanitarians once again face the challenge of finding an independent space in which to provide assistance. Here, political, military, and aid initiatives strive for coherence between diverse activities in a complex environment involving the United Nations (UN), European Union (EU), France, the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and Malian state and non-state actors. Characteristic of these efforts toward a coherent, integrated response to the crisis is the UN effort to develop an “integrated strategy for the Sahel region encompassing security, governance, development, human rights and humanitarian issues,” even as the need for “impartial, neutral, full and unimpeded access for humanitarian aid” is acknowledged.

 

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