March-April 2016  |  Volume 28,Issue 2

The recent announcement by Médecins Sans Frontière (MSF) states that it is withdrawing from participation in the World Humanitarian Summit due to concerns at the continued violation of international humanitarian law in relation to refugees and conflict situations by state actors, and its fears the Summit will do little in holding states to commitments that are made during the Summit. The decision by the MSF is symptomatic of the complexities and contradictions engendered by the growing fusion of humanitarianism, developmental interventions and peace-building. The desire by certain actors (states, multilateral actors and humanitarian organizations) for a more expanded and robust mandate in relation to conflict induced humanitarian emergencies is understandable but at the same time overlooks the problems inherent with an expanded mandate. Continue reading

The nexus of peace building, development and humanitarianism in conflict affected contexts: A respect for boundaries

By Jens Pedersen

Humanitarianism and humanitarian aid, have grown into a massive system made up of a myriad of different international, national and local organisations. In 2015 the monetary value of humanitarian response amounted to $24.5B . The changes in the scope of humanitarian operations have occurred in parallel with shifts in practices and a much more broadened interpretation of the core principles and functions of humanitarian aid . As donors started to fund humanitarian aid in combination with development aid, the landscape, conduct and actions of humanitarian aid, has become entangled with inherently political intentions and agenda, euphemistically referred to as ‘State building’, ‘peace building’, ‘resilience’, ‘bridging the gap’, and ‘addressing root causes of conflict’. continue reading


The evolution of NGO peacebuilding in complex emergencies: A theoretical analysis

By Elias Omondi Opongo

The post-Cold War era has also witnessed the expanding developmental role of NGOs as well as active engagement in advocacy and peacebuilding. NGOs have also increasingly been viewed and have assumed the stance of being a source of countervailing power to local and global structures of power. continue reading


More in this issue

Intersectionality, sexual and gender-based violence and humanitarian intervention

By Lailatul Fitriyah

Hitting two birds with one stone? Role of humanitarian response in peace-building processes

By Martha Bedane Guraro

The recent attack in Gambela and its implications for humanitarian operations

By Eyob Asfaw Gemechu

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Horn of Africa Bulletin, Volume Volume 28 , No. Issue 2 , March-April 2016

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