Humanitarian Aid Coordination during War and Peace in Mozambique, 1985-1995

Humanitarian Aid Coordination during War and Peace in Mozambique, 1985-1995

Humanitarian Aid Coordination during War and Peace in Mozambique, 1985-1995

Humanitarian Aid Coordination during War and Peace in Mozambique, 1985-1995

Synopsis

Humanitarian aid coordination is necessary for effective use of resources. However, behind the rhetoric of collaboration & rationalization one finds UN agencies competing with governments for power & influence & national institutions being replaced by donors in significant policy debates. This study traces humanitarian aid coordination in three distinct phases: - 1985-1990: The intensification of the emergency in Mozambique & the challenge to Government in directing aid; - 1990-1992: Peace talks & the protracted emergency with increased UN control of Aid Coordination; - 1993-1995: ONUMOZ & donor driven resource allocation. In addition to documenting the forms & mechanisms of aid coordination, the study reveals how the UN often worked against itself. The changing policies on the role of the UN in humanitarian crises are described in the Mozambican context.

Excerpt

Studies of Emergencies and Disaster Relief is a series of research reports on topics of relevance to those who are working with humanitarian assistance. Sida, in close cooperation with the Nordic Africa Institute, sponsors the publishing of these reports as a contribution to the dialogue between humanitarian actors, in the field and at headquarters around the world

Coordination and cooperation have been key words in humanitarian assistance during the last few of years. Extensive work has been done within the un system to strengthen the coordination mechanisms. the division of responsibility between the operative and policy-making parts of the organisation has been one aspect of this. Other aspects which have been part of this process include coordination on the ground, coordination between field offices and headquarters, coordination between multilateral and bilateral donors, coordination between the un and the NGOs. in 1997 a new office within the un, the Office of the Coordinator of Humanitarian Assistance was created. It replaced the Department of Humanitarian Assistance, set up in 1992.

The present report, written by Ms Sam Barnes, addresses the humanitarian aid coordination problems in Mozambique 1986–95. It is the second report on coordination aspects in this series, the first was written by Toby Lanzer who worked for dha in Angola. Coordination remains an important subject on the international humanitarian agenda. By looking at case studies, lessons for the future can hopefully be drawn. Everyone involved in this field should read it.

Carin Norberg Director Department for Cooperation with NGOs and Humanitarian Assistance . . .

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