The politics of aid resource allocation

Fetching water in a well, Darfur
Albert González Farran, UNAMID

In low-intensity conflict settings, allocating aid resources inevitably privileges certain needs and people over others, and can expose struggles, inequalities and political narratives. Powerful actors set the rules of disaster governance, and aid actors often turn a blind eye to politics and power relations of disaster response.

The following brief exposes the implications. By using data from Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Myanmar, this research brief provides a summary of findings and recommendations about challenges, experiences and best practices for state, non-state and humanitarian actors working at the intersection of disaster and low-intensity conflict in authoritarian settings.

Research brief: Politics of disaster response in authoritarian low-intensity conflict settings

About the project

This brief was produced as part of the project When Disaster Meets Conflict. Over a period of 5 years, the project examined the relationship between the often isolated realms of humanitarian aid and disaster governance by focusing on three conflict scenarios. 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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