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People, Aid and Institutions in Socio-economic Recovery

Facing Fragilities

Edited by Dorothea Hilhorst, Bart Weijs, Gemma van der Haar

© 2017 – Routledge

242 pages

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About the Book

An estimated 2 billion people live in countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence. Extreme poverty is increasingly concentrated in these areas, and governments and international agencies seek avenues to enable socio-economic recovery and to support people as they try to rebuild their lives and livelihoods.

People, Aid and Institutions in Socio-economic Recovery: Facing Fragilities provides an in-depth understanding of people’s strategies in the face of conflict and disaster-related fragility and examines how policies and aid interventions enable their socio-economic recovery – or fail to do so. Through field-based research, the book captures the complex and unfolding realities on the ground, exploring the interfaces between economic, social and institutional change. This provides a rich and unique vantage point from which to reflect on the impact of recovery policies.

The book provides a set of cross-cutting findings that aim to inform policy and practice. The detailed case studies of the book lay bare key dynamics of recovery. Set against the findings from two chapters that review the literature, the cases provide evidence-based lessons for socio-economic recovery.

The chapters combine qualitative and quantitative methodologies and form a valuable resource to researchers and postgraduate students of disaster management, conflict, humanitarian aid and social reconstruction, and development management.

Table of Contents

  1. Facing fragilities: The socially embedded nature of socio-economic recovery
  2. Dorothea Hilhorst, Gemma van der Haar and Bart Weijs

  3. Recovering from conflict: What matters for livelihoods, economic activity and growth? Rachel Slater and Richard Mallett
  4. International policies in the field of socio-economic development in fragile settings: Converging trends and contentious themes
  5. Anette Hoffmann

  6. Precarious Itineraries: The ‘longue durée’ of recovery and livelihoods in a post-war Salvadoran village
  7. Ralph Sprenkels and Chris van der Borgh

  8. Emergency or durable solution? Coltan mining and cooperatives in northern Katanga (DRC)
  9. Claude Iguma Wakenge and Dorothea Hilhorst

  10. Negotiating traditional norms and barriers in women’s fragile economic development in Afghanistan
  11. Holly A. Ritchie

  12. Blind spots: Domestic entrepreneurship and private sector development in South Sudan
  13. Rens Twijnstra and Dorothea Hilhorst

  14. Labour mobilisation: The case of Tushiriki (DRC)
  15. Patrick Milabyo Kyamusugulwa, Jeroen Cuvelier and Dorothea Hilhorst

  16. Aid under contestation: Public works, labour and community based food security programming in post-conflict northern Uganda
  17. Winnie W. Wairimu, Maja A. Slingerland and Dorothea Hilhorst

  18. Risky relations? Aid, security and access for recovery in South Sudan
  19. Bram J. Jansen

  20. From the rubble to the barricades: Social struggles around recovery and disaster risk management in Central America after Mitch
  21. Carlos Morales Carbonell and Gemma van der Haar

  22. Addressing fragilities: The growth of cities and the challenges for the Red Cross / Red Crescent in assuming a resilience-building role
  23. Raimond Duijsens

  24. Adding it all up? Doing development differently in conflict and in confronting disaster risk

Ian Christoplos and Paul Harvey

About the Editors

Dorothea Hilhorst is Professor of Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam and at Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

Bart Weijs is Coordinator of the Partners for Resilience Programme at CARE Nederland, and former researcher and coordinator of the IS Academy Human Security in Fragile States at Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

Gemma van der Haar is Assistant Professor at the chair group Sociology of Development and Change, Social Science Department, Wageningen University, The Netherlands. She has a background in development sociology and conflict studies.

About the Series

Routledge Humanitarian Studies

The Routledge Humanitarian Studies series in collaboration with the International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA) takes a comprehensive approach to the growing field of expertise that is humanitarian studies. This field is concerned with humanitarian crises caused by natural disaster, conflict or political instability and deals with the study of how humanitarian crises evolve, how they affect people and their institutions and societies, and the responses they trigger.

We invite book proposals that address, amongst other topics, questions of aid delivery, institutional aspects of service provision, the dynamics of rebel wars, state building after war, the international architecture of peacekeeping, the ways in which ordinary people continue to make a living throughout crises, and the effect of crises on gender relations.

This interdisciplinary series draws on and is relevant to a range of disciplines, including development studies, international relations, international law, anthropology, peace and conflict studies, public health and migration studies.

To submit proposals, please contact the Development Studies Editor, Helena Hurd (Helena.Hurd@tandf.co.uk).

Series Editors:

Alex de Waal, Tufts University, USA

Dorothea Hilhorst, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS072000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
POL044000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy