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Patronage or Partnership: Local Capacity Building in Humanitarian Crises

Much has been written about the need to build local capacities in emergency and postemergency situations. Many relief programs, however, remain characterized by externality: in their funding, accountabilities, approach to management, and dependence upon expatriate staff. Reality often flies in the face of stated policy and good intentions. In reality, strengthening local capacity is easier said than done, and there are real tradeoffs between outsiders doing something right now in the midst of an emergency, on the one hand, and building long-term local skills, on the other. 
The author examines this dilemma from various local perspectives, using eye-opening case studies from Bosnia, Guatemala, Haiti, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, and Sri Lanka.

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Categories: Bibliography, Aid Industry
Author: Smillie, Ian
Published Date: January, 2001