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.
Table of contents:
- States of fragility: stabilisation and its implications for humanitarian action, Sarah Collinson, Samir Elhawary and Robert Muggah (available free to download)
- A tradition of forgetting: stabilisation and humanitarian action in historical perspective, Sultan Barakat, SeÃ¡n Deely and Steven A. Zyc
- Stabilisation and humanitarian access in a collapsed state: the Somali case, Ken Menkhaus (available free to download)
- Stabilising a victor’s peace? Humanitarian action and reconstruction in eastern Sri Lanka, Jonathan Goodhand
- The United Kingdom’s stabilisation model and Afghanistan: the impact on humanitarian actors, Stuart Gordon
- Security for whom? Stabilisation and civilian protection in Colombia, Samir Elhawary
- Aid and stability in Pakistan: lessons from the 2005 earthquake response, Andrew Wilder
- Addressing symptoms but not causes: stabilisation and humanitarian action in Timor-Leste, Elisabeth Lothe and Gordon Peake
- The effects of stabilisation on humanitarian action in Haiti, Robert Muggah
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.
Other recent HPG publications
- Uncharted Territory: Land, Conflict and Humanitarian Action – chapters now available to download online.
- The Humanitarianâ€™s Dilemma: collective action or inaction in international relief? ODI Background Notes
- Responding to a changing climate: Exploring how disaster risk reduction, social protection and livelihoods approaches promote features of adaptive capacity, ODI Working papers
- Praise for â€˜the cowboysâ€™ on World Humanitarian Day, ODI blog posts
- Livestock marketing in Kenya-Ethiopia border areas: A baseline study, HPG Working paper
- A Future Food Aid or Food Assistance Convention?, HPG Background paper
- Food aid and food assistance in emergency and transitional contexts – A review of current thinking, HPG report
All HPG publications and further information available online at: www.odi.org.uk/hpg