Be Near a Road: Humanitarian Practice and Displaced Persons in North Kivu

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/618829
Title:
Be Near a Road: Humanitarian Practice and Displaced Persons in North Kivu
Authors:
Healy, S; Tiller, S
Journal:
Refugee Survey Quarterly
Abstract:
In 2012, an uprising by the March 23 Movement in North Kivu led to significant internal displacement in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The humanitarian community’s strategy was to distribute assistance according to the principle of impartiality. A closer analysis, however, shows that assistance was not so much determined by need as by status and location – in other words, how people were displaced and their proximity to Goma had a large influence on the level of assistance they received. This article argues that such imbalances can be partly explained by policies adopted within the humanitarian community: first, by privileging the political considerations of the Congolese Government when deciding which groups of internally displaced persons would receive better levels of assistance and protection; secondly, through a growing unwillingness by many agencies to negotiate their own access to populations with all parties of the conflict; and thirdly, in an inflexibility towards programme financing and management, which added considerable bureaucratic delays and difficulties to the delivery of assistance. By reflecting on the choices made by aid agencies in the context of mass displacement, this article shows how humanitarianism can restrict rather than enhance the options of forcibly displaced populations.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press We regret that this article is behind a paywall.
Issue Date:
1-Jun-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/618829
DOI:
10.1093/rsq/hdw003
Additional Links:
http://rsq.oxfordjournals.org/lookup/doi/10.1093/rsq/hdw003
Submitted date:
2016-05-31
Language:
en
ISSN:
1020-4067; 1471-695X
Appears in Collections:
Emergencies/refugees

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dc.contributor.authorHealy, Sen
dc.contributor.authorTiller, Sen
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-28T22:50:56Z-
dc.date.available2017-02-28T22:50:56Z-
dc.date.issued2016-06-01en
dc.date.submitted2016-05-31en
dc.identifier.citationBe Near a Road: Humanitarian Practice and Displaced Persons in North Kivu 2016, 35 (2):56 Refugee Survey Quarterlyen
dc.identifier.issn1020-4067en
dc.identifier.issn1471-695Xen
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/rsq/hdw003en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10144/618829-
dc.description.abstractIn 2012, an uprising by the March 23 Movement in North Kivu led to significant internal displacement in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The humanitarian community’s strategy was to distribute assistance according to the principle of impartiality. A closer analysis, however, shows that assistance was not so much determined by need as by status and location – in other words, how people were displaced and their proximity to Goma had a large influence on the level of assistance they received. This article argues that such imbalances can be partly explained by policies adopted within the humanitarian community: first, by privileging the political considerations of the Congolese Government when deciding which groups of internally displaced persons would receive better levels of assistance and protection; secondly, through a growing unwillingness by many agencies to negotiate their own access to populations with all parties of the conflict; and thirdly, in an inflexibility towards programme financing and management, which added considerable bureaucratic delays and difficulties to the delivery of assistance. By reflecting on the choices made by aid agencies in the context of mass displacement, this article shows how humanitarianism can restrict rather than enhance the options of forcibly displaced populations.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherOxford University Press We regret that this article is behind a paywall.en
dc.relation.urlhttp://rsq.oxfordjournals.org/lookup/doi/10.1093/rsq/hdw003en
dc.titleBe Near a Road: Humanitarian Practice and Displaced Persons in North Kivuen
dc.identifier.journalRefugee Survey Quarterlyen
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