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Humanitarian Crises, Intervention and Security

A Framework for Evidence-Based Programming, 1st Edition

Edited by Liesbet Heyse, Andrej Zwitter, Rafael Wittek, Joost Herman


238 pages

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This book presents a new framework of analysis to assess natural and man-made disasters and humanitarian crises, and the feasibility of interventions in these complex emergencies.

The past half-century has witnessed a dramatic increase in such crises - such as in Haiti, Iraq and Sudan - and this volume aims to pioneer a theory-based, interdisciplinary framework that can assist students and practitioners in the field to acquire the skills and expertise necessary for evidence-based decision-making and programming in humanitarian action. It has four major objectives:

  • To provide a tool for diagnosing and understanding complex emergencies, and build on the concepts of state security and human security to provide a ‘Snap-Shot Analysis’ of the status quo;
  • To provide a tool for analysing the causes of crises as well as the related stakeholder field;
  • To provide a frame to structure and analyse the information required to evaluate, monitor and/or design interventions for different actors on a project and/or programme level;
  • To combine concepts used in the humanitarian field with underlying theory in a practically relevant way.

The book will be of much interest to students of humanitarian intervention, human security, peacebuilding, development studies, peace studies and IR in general.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Need for Evidence-based Programming in Humanitarian Action, Liesbet Heyse, Andrej Zwitter, Rafael Wittek and Joost Herman 2. Existing frameworks for humanitarian crisis analysis, Liesbet Heyse 3. Context analysis and securitization, Andrej Zwitter and Joost Herman 4. From theory to analysis: H-AID methodology, Rafael Wittek and Andrej Zwitter 5. Conducting a Comprehensive Context Analysis (CCA), Andrej Zwitter 6. The political context, Chris K. Lamont 7. The economic context, Fleur S. Mulder and Bartjan J.W. Pennink 8. The social context, Cécile W.J. de Milliano and Barbara Boudewijnse 9. The health and food context, Rensia R. Bakker 10. The environmental context, Peter D.M. Weesie 11. From context analysis to intervention design, Liesbet Heyse 12. Stakeholder analysis: towards feasible interventions, Rafael Wittek 13. Monitoring, evaluation and learning in humanitarian organizations, Chamutal Afek-Eitam and Adriaan Ferf Conclusion, Liesbet Heyse, Andrej Zwitter, Rafael Wittek and Joost Herman

About the Editors

Liesbet Heyse is assistant professor in organization sociology at the Department of Sociology/ICS, University of Groningen, the Netherlands. She is author/editor of two books.

Andrej Zwitter is professor of International Relations, University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He is author/editor of three books.

Rafael Wittek is professor of sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He is author/editor of two books.

Joost Herman is professor of globalisation studies and humanitarian action, University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He is author/editor of three books.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Intervention and Statebuilding

The series publishes monographs and edited collections analysing a wide range of policy interventions associated with statebuilding. It asks broader questions about the dynamics, purposes and goals of this interventionist framework and assesses the impact of externally-guided policy-making.

Advisory Board: Berit Bliesemann de Guevara, Aberystwyth University; Morten Boas, NUPI; Adam Branch, San Diego State University; David Chandler, University of Westminster; Adrian Gallagher, University of Leeds; Luke Glanville, Australian National University; Shahar Hameiri, Murdoch University; John Heathershaw, University of Exeter; Eric Heinze, University of Oklahoma; Robert Murray, University of Alberta; Lee P. M. Seymour, University of Amsterdam; Timea Spitka, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights