The Relief-Development Continuum: Some Notes on Rethinking Assistance for Civilian Victims of Conflict


Sollis, Peter. 1994. "The Relief-Development Continuum: Some Notes on Rethinking Assistance for Civilian Victims of Conflict." Journal of International Affairs 47 (2): 451-71.

Author: Peter Sollis


Humanitarian assistance is being reconceptualized in terms of a continuum from relief to development. The new thinking should also reflect issues of beneficiary participation, gender and the distinction between poverty and vulnerability. For example, policies directed toward alleviating poverty may increase vulnerability by altering traditional practices. Furthermore, the special needs of women and children, who make up the majority of refugees, should be taken into account. Beneficiaries are most empowered by being included in the planning of projects, but organizations have not reached consensus over the appropriate level or timing of participation.

Topics: Development, Displacement & Migration, Refugees, Economies, Poverty, Gender, Women, Girls, Boys, Humanitarian Assistance

Year: 1994

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