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Healing communities in conflict : international assistance in complex emergencies
Maynard, Kimberly A.
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New York : Columbia University Press, [1999]

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xxii, 245 pages ; 24 cm

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From Rwanda to Bosnia-Herzegovina to Kosovo and beyond, devastating human tragedies have torn apart communities--and too often, the international response has been ineffective. Here now is a wealth of pragmatic information on how the international community can help these regions rebuild their communities.

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Kimberly A. Maynard has worked as an on-site consultant in many disaster-torn nations. Since 1998, she has been closely involved in the Kosovo crisis.

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The post-Cold War world has witnessed an explosion of armed hostilities involving ethnic conflict and "cleansing," mass forced migrations, and attempts at repatriation, most involving a substantial humanitarian dimension and international attempts to provide assistance. Maynard, perhaps uniquely qualified by virtue of more than 20 years' experience working on the ground in areas such as Rwanda, Tajikistan, Somalia, Zaire, and others, offers a comprehensive, multidimensional look at the context and scope of these types of conflicts, with a particular focus on strategies for improving international relief efforts. While she provides some of the standard criticism--relief workers, while well-intentioned, too often lack sufficient local language skills or cultural expertise to be effective--she also moves beyond the conventional wisdom to provide a sharper conceptual lens through which to examine these important issues. Her major argument is that humanitarian assistance, while focusing on short-term "task completion" such as the provision of food, water, and medical supplies, must also incorporate a longer-range perspective that takes into account the broader political, cultural, and psychosocial elements of lasting conflict resolution. Maynard's work should receive wide attention among scholars, policy makers, and practitioners in the field. Recommended at all levels. J. L. Twigg; Virginia Commonwealth University