In this piece, Dr Janaka Jayawickrama and Bushra Rehman argue that the localisation of aid agenda is shaped by a discourse of global humanitarianism that is characterised by a particular, cultural relationship to power.
Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh delivered the keynote address at the Disasters Conference in September 2017. In it she highlights the importance of developing and implementing responses to mass disasters that acknowledge the importance of intersecting identity markers and structures of inequality.
In this introduction to our mini blog series Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh gives and overview of the background to the Southern Responses to Displacement project and the approaches used to better understand the motivations, nature and impacts of Southern-led initiatives to displacement from Syria.
Our fourth and final introductory mini blog by Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh discusses how Pan-Arabist approaches to displacement can present an alternative to dominant discourse that situate Northern humanitarian providers as saviours of displaced Southern populations.
First responders in contexts of displacement are themselves often refugees. Our third introductory mini blog examines how a focus on refugee-refugee humanitarianism makes it possible to recognise and meaningfully engage with the agency of displaced populations.
Our second introductory mini blog provides a brief over view of how local faith communities are often the first responders to communities affected by conflict and displacement.
How does ‘solidarity based’ humanitarianism influence Southern led responses to displacement? In the first of our introductory mini blog series Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh presents some of the history of internationalism and solidarity based initiatives.
Does faith-based aid provision always localise aid? Dr Estella Carpi discusses how reflecting on specific local contexts can support a more nuanced understanding of the localisation of aid.