Losing Principles in the Search for Coherence? A Field-Based Viewpoint on the EU and Humanitarian Aid

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

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.