Refugee Aid and Development: Theory and Practice

Refugee Aid and Development: Theory and Practice

Refugee Aid and Development: Theory and Practice

Refugee Aid and Development: Theory and Practice

Synopsis

This expert study shows how refugee aid and development enterprises should be linked in order to truly help the 16 million refugees today, the tens of millions of displaced persons, and the hundreds of millions affected by the presence of uprooted people. Practitioners and scholars evaluate contemporary programs in Africa, Central America, and Asia. They analyze current theories and policies governing refugee aid and development operations. Students, teachers, and professionals concerned about growing welfare problems in the world will benefit from this overview and from the empirical and theoretical perspectives that are provided.

Excerpt

This book was conceived at the Conference on Obligations and Their Limits: Refugees at Home and Abroad, an international symposium sponsored by the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University during May 1991 in Toronto. Several of the contributors to this volume presented papers at this conference. Chapters 4, 7, and 9 are revised versions of these papers. Papers presented at other venues are also included. Chapter 5 was first presented at the International Seminar on Refugees held in Arusha, Tanzania in July-August of 1990. Chapter 8 was first delivered in New York at the Conference on Worldwide Refugee Movements: Development Politics and Human Rights, co-sponsored by the Berlin Institute for Comparative Social Research and the New School for Social Research in November 1991. Chapters 2 and 3 are previously published works that are included because they deal directly with the theme of this book.

Refugee Aid and Development issues have become the subject of a growing body of literature. However, much of the work takes the form of international documents, declarations, and reports--several of the most important of which are included in the appendices. This volume systematically pulls together this literature, and puts it in a historical and evaluative context. It explicitly addresses both the theory and the practice of Refugee Aid and Development. We hope that the discussions contained herein will help to stimulate further discussion about this important topic.

The editor wishes to thank Howard Adelman and the able staff of the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University and York Lanes Press for their encouragement on this project. The keen criticism and helpful guidance of Mim Vasan and the production staff at Greenwood Press are also greatly appreciated. I owe special thanks to Sarah Cale for her clerical assistance. George Weinberger, Gerry Farr, and Lovell White, Paul McNeilly, and others on the staff of the Faculty Advancement Center at Southwest Texas State Univeristy provided invaluable technical assistance in the preparation of the manuscript. Jim Kelley, former Director of the Office of International Organizations and Refugee Emergencies in the Bureau for Refugee Programs (RP) of the U.S. Department . . .

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