Humanitarian Crises, Intervention and Security

Liesbet Heyse (Editor), Andrej Zwitter (Editor), Rafael Wittek (Editor), Joost Herman (Editor)

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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 analyzing the causes of crises as well as the related
stakeholder field;
• to provide a frame to structure and analyze the information required to
evaluate, monitor and/or design interventions for different actors on a
project and/or program level;
• to combine concepts used in the humanitarian field with underlying theory
in a practically relevant way.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages238
ISBN (Electronic)9780203381533
ISBN (Print)9780415830393, 9781138236622
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Intervention and Statebuilding


  • Humanitarian crises
  • Humanitarian aid
  • Context analysis
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Evidence-based programming

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