Essed - Chapter 12
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The last decade has seen an intensive debate on linking relief and development.
Below the main arguments are reviewed. Which conceptual
approach is most appropriate after considering the arguments pro and contra
linking? Is that a model based on a continuum between relief and development
or one which believes that the concept of discontinuity can better
deal with the empirical, political and practical realities regarding refugees?
The debate on linking relief and development started in the late 1980s
with workshops, academic literature and policy discussions devoted to
the subject. The magnitude of funds spent on an ever-increasing amount
of complex humanitarian emergencies forced humanitarian and development
workers to find ways of mutual coordination and even linking their