Humanitarian crises, intervention and security: A framework for evidence-based programming

Liesbet Heyse, Andrej Zwitter, Rafael Wittek, Joost Herman

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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 analysing the causes of crises as well as the related stakeholder field; • To provide a frame to structure and analyse the information required to evaluate, monitor and/or design interventions for different actors on a project and/or programme level; • To combine concepts used in the humanitarian field with underlying theory in a practically relevant way. The book will be of much interest to students of humanitarian intervention, human security, peacebuilding, development studies, peace studies and IR in general.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages221
ISBN (Electronic)9781134419098
ISBN (Print)9780415830393
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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