Lessons on disaster governance and humanitarian action

Rod Mena Fluhmann

More than 30% of disasters unfold in conflict settings. However, existing disaster policy, including the United Nation’s Sendai Framework 2015-2030 on disaster risk reduction, does not take this into account.

There is evidence that conflict aggravates disaster and that disaster can intensify conflict – but not much is known about the precise relationship and how it may impact upon aid responses.

When Disaster Meets Conflict examined the relationship between the often isolated realms of humanitarian aid and disaster governance by focusing on three conflict scenarios:

  • high-intensity (Afghanistan, South Sudan, Yemen)
  • low-intensity (Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Myanmar) 
  • post-conflict (Nepal, Sierra Leone, Haiti).

This research brief shares key findings from this 5-year project that can help humanitarian aid actors to learn from success factors in their specific context.

Research brief - When Disaster Meets Conflict

About the project

This brief was produced as part of the project When Disaster Meets Conflict. The project is funded by NWO (the Dutch Research Council) through a VICI grant. For more information, visit the When Disaster Meets Conflict project page.

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The report was written by researchers working on the When Disaster Meets Conflict research project:


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