Increasingly, questions are being raised about the effectiveness of humanitarian assistance and the extent to which it sustains or prolongs conflict. Whether aid actually lengthens beyond its natural course is debatable; but it is indisputable that aid affects the course of conflict and has become integrated into conflict dynamics. Prendergast explores these issues in the context of humanitarian assistance in Africa. He addresses three themes: how emergency aid can exacerbate conflict; how to minimize the negative consequences of aid; and how humanitarian aid might contribute to conflict prevention and peace building. He draws his evidence primarily from the Greater Horn - Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Djibouti, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, and Rwanda.
1996, 165 pages, paperback