Local Faith Communities and the Promotion of Resilience in Contexts of Humanitarian Crisis

Ager, J. and Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. and Ager, Alastair (2015) Local Faith Communities and the Promotion of Resilience in Contexts of Humanitarian Crisis. Journal of Refugee Studies, 28 (2). pp. 202-221. ISSN 0951-6328

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Abstract

The potential role of local faith communities (LFCs) in promoting resilience in contexts of humanitarian crisis has, despite recent policy interest, been a neglected area of study. This article reports on a structured review of evidence regarding such contributions based on an analysis of 302 publications and reports, supplemented by 11 written submissions from humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and 10 stakeholder interviews. Analysis is structured with respect to three major humanitarian processes—disaster risk reduction; emergency response; and facilitating transitional and durable solutions—relevant to the promotion of resilience in populations that are displaced, at risk of displacement or refugee-impacted. Major themes emerging from the analysis concern: the diversity of stakeholder perspectives on the presence and influence of LFCs on local humanitarian response; the resources—material and non-material—potentially made available through LFCs to crisis-affected communities; and the opportunities—and substantive challenges—for greater LFC partnership with humanitarian organizations.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > The Institute for Global Health and Development
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2015 14:28
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2017 15:44
URI: http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4231

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