States of fragility: stabilisation and its implications for humanitarian action

Quite often following a disaster, the media has to focus its attention on something new and the follow on and needs for stabilisation may be forgotten. This new theme issue has a particular focus on the aftermath of disasters in terms of stabilisation.

Disasters -new theme issue

States of fragility: stabilisation and its implications for humanitarian action

The international policy context and circumstances of humanitarian action have seen some significant changes over the past decade. Relief and development agencies are operating in an increasingly diverse array of war-affected and difficult contexts, and there is growing donor and national government interest and engagement in ‘stabilising’ countries affected by conflict and fragility.

This special issue of Disasters considers the implications of stabilisation for international humanitarian action. The diversity, evolution and wide geographical scope of these agendas is captured in case studies on Afghanistan, Colombia, Haiti, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste. The issue also includes an additional contribution analysing the historical antecedents of stabilisation, and an overarching editorial that captures key trends in approaches to stabilisation and associated challenges for humanitarian action.

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To launch this special issue, the Overseas Development Institute is holding an event series, Stabilisation, development and humanitarian action, which starts on 22 October 2010. To register to attend this event or to watch live online, visit the ODI website.

Disasters is published in association with Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. To submit an article or subscribe to the journal, visit the Wiley-Blackwell site.

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