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The humanitarian development nexus in protracted crises : a case study of WASH programming among internally displaced persons in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

Abstract : As our world experiences more and more protracted crises characterized by unstable governments, heightened armed conflict, mass population movements, and a destabilized natural environment, there is a need to better understand the interplay between actors working in this complex context. Protracted crises often invite the interventions of both humanitarian and development actors, creating what is known as the humanitarian-development (H-D) nexus. The following research analyzes the H-D nexus through a specific case study of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) initiatives among internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The case study is investigated through an exclusively qualitative analysis of interview and survey data from humanitarian and development practitioners working in either the DRC or other related protracted crises around the world. In conclusion, the study unveils some of the greatest challenges within protracted crisis response including: restrictive funding, frustrations with coordination, roadblocks to effective localization, and disillusionment towards long-term impact. In so doing, it adds to the larger academic, institutional, and field practice conversations surround the conceptualization and implementation of the H-D nexus within protracted crises.
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Natalie Palmquist. The humanitarian development nexus in protracted crises : a case study of WASH programming among internally displaced persons in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Geography. 2021. ⟨dumas-03360086⟩

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