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    Humanitarian Developers and Neutrality in Foreign Aid: shifting contexts, shifting meanings – examples from South Sudan


    Drazkiewicz-Grodzicka, Elzbieta (2017) Humanitarian Developers and Neutrality in Foreign Aid: shifting contexts, shifting meanings – examples from South Sudan. Focaal, 77. pp. 90-102. ISSN 0920-1297

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    Abstract

    Since the late 1990s, researchers have been predicting that the era of neutrality in aid politics is coming to an end and that foreign organizations will have to take a more engaged stance. Yet while the boundaries between humanitarianism and development are fading, in some cases the neutrality norm is actually expanding rather than giving way to an engaged paradigm. Recognizing that the principles of neutrality and independence have diff erent meanings for diff erent actors and that they are applied in various ways, this article examines how the humanitarian developers—small NGOs operating in Jonglei State in South Sudan—use these paradigms. Th e article shows that their specifi c variant of neutrality is not so much a pragmatic tool enabling operations in diffi cult settings, but instead is a structural form of identity. In this variation, neutrality is not about the absence of a political stance, but about standing apart from social structures and social immunity.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: development; foreign aid; humanitarianism; independence; neutrality; South Sudan; state;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Anthropology
    Item ID: 9459
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.3167/fcl.2017.77010
    Depositing User: Elzbieta Drazkiewicz-Grodzicka
    Date Deposited: 09 May 2018 09:27
    Journal or Publication Title: Focaal
    Publisher: Berghahn Journals
    Refereed: No
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