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PATRONAGE OR PARTNERSHIP Local Capacity Building in Humanitarian Crises
by Ian Smillie
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Peter Uvin, Henry Leir Chair of International Humanitarian Studies, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Author of Aiding Violence
One of the best works from the Humanitarianism and War Project...Some of the best case studies I've ever seen."
PATRONAGE OR PARTNERSHIP brings a new perspective to the subject of building local capacities in emergency and post-emergency situations. Many relief programs remain characterized by externality: in their funding, accountabilities, approach to management, and dependence upon expatriate staff. Strengthening local capacity is easier said than done, and there are real tradoffs between outsiders doing something in the midst of an emergency, on the one hand, and building longer-term local skills, on the other. By critically examining the dilemma from local -erspectives in case studies from Mozambique, Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Haiti and Guatemala, this book finds real hope and possibilites amidst the prevailing rhetoric and confusions.
About the Author
IAN SMILLIE is an Ottawa-based development consultant and writer. He has lived and worked in Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Bangladesh. He was a founder of the Canadian development organization, Inter Pares, and was Executive Director of CUSO. In 2000 and 2001, Ian Smillie served on a UN Security Council expert panel investigating the links between illicit weapons and the diamond trade in Sierra Leone. Today he serves as Research Coordinator on Partnership Africa Canada's 'Diamonds and Human Security Project' and is a participant in the intergovernmental 'Kimberley Process,' which is developing a global certification system for rough diamonds.
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