Everyday resistance, peacebuilding and state-making addresses debates on liberal peace and the policies of peacebuilding through a theoretical and empirical study of resistance in peacebuilding contexts. Examining the case of ‘Africa’s World War’ in the DRC, it locates resistance in the experiences of war, peacebuilding and state-making by exploring discourses, violence and everyday forms of survival as acts that attempt to challenge or mitigate such experiences. The analysis of resistance offers a possibility to bring the historical and sociological aspects of both peacebuilding and the case of the DRC, providing new nuanced understanding of these processes and the particular case.
By its very nature – ostensibly, that of responding to natural and human-made
crises – humanitarian, peacebuilding and (to a lesser extent) development
work occurs in close proximity to potential danger. The degree of risk and danger to
staff carrying out this kind of work in ‘the field’ has increased
greatly over recent decades, due in part to the changing nature of conflict and in
part to the rapidly increasing number of local and
‘imaginary of humanitarian, development and
peacebuilding work’ carried out by ‘white, able-bodied, heterosexual, male
staff from the Global North’ (page 4) that no longer reflect the realities of the
way this work is done, if it ever did. They note, reinforcing the points made by Riley,
that for many the threat comes from within the sector itself, something security
training fails to take account of. They call for more inclusive representation in the
humanitarian security sector to ‘help to
non-intervention, and came to see that the (post)colonial run-up to genocide was a story of too
much intervention, even in the name of democracy.
During my doctoral research, I rediscovered the case of Somaliland. A self-declared independent
republic in the north-western corner of Somalia, Somaliland had declined US and UN interventions
at the beginning of the 1990s, apart from specific assistance (the clean-up of landmines, for
example). Instead, it took care of its peace-building process internally and with its diaspora.
Over the years, even
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Gender Equality and Culture in Humanitarian Action1
Ricardo Fal-Dutra Santos
humanitarianism, culture and gender equality, and
open the discussion on gender-transformative action beyond the shield of cultural
relativism. I also hope it can encourage further reflections, research and exchanges
on the potential synergies between gender-transformative humanitarian work and wider
efforts for gender equality, including by the development and peacebuilding sectors
and wider feminist movements in their various forms. Finally, I hope this paper can
Writing about Personal Experiences of Humanitarianism
Róisín Read, Tony Redmond, and Gareth Owen
the leading global centre for the study of humanitarianism and conflict response, global health, international disaster management and peacebuilding, based at the University of Manchester.
UK-Med is a charity which facilitates the release of medical personnel from the NHS to respond to emergencies around the world. It does this by maintaining a register of qualified medics ready to respond at short notice.
‘Autofiction’ is best understood here as fictionalised autobiography – the book, and its main characters, is substantively based on true
How Can Humanitarian Analysis, Early Warning and Response Be
Aditya Sarkar, Benjamin J. Spatz, Alex de Waal, Christopher Newton, and Daniel Maxwell
and alleviating suffering in a conflict or crisis in relation
to a much wider set of goals – around livelihood protection, governance,
resilience, conflict resolution and others that align with the ‘triple
nexus’ of humanitarian action, development and peacebuilding.
Third, we recognise that the ‘humanitarian community’ is not a
monolithic entity. It consists of different types of groups and movements, often
with contradictory ideas about how the broad goal of saving lives