VIDEO: Have stabilisation efforts reduced space for humanitarian action?

by Julie Mollins | @jmollins | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 12:02 GMT

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Aid workers need to develop a better understanding of stabilisation efforts in war-affected countries to avoid undermining humanitarian responses, argue Samir Elhawary and Sarah Collinson, researchers at the Overseas Development Institute.

Aid workers need to develop a better understanding of stabilisation efforts in war-affected countries to avoid undermining their humanitarian responses, argue Samir Elhawary and Sarah Collinson, researchers at the Overseas Development Institute.

Elhawary and Collinson spoke to AlertNet at an event in London last week to launch States of Fragility", a report examining trends in approaches to armed stabilisation and the challenges humanitarians face in such a context. The report considers whether combined military, political, development and humanitarian stabilisation efforts have reduced "humanitarian space" or, in some situations, might have helped improve aid efforts.

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