The Politics of Recovery

During the humanitarian reform process launched in 2005, humanitarian actors introduced early recovery as a humanitarian cluster to facilitate policy linkages between humanitarian relief and development. However, the scope of the early recovery cluster has since broadened to encompass a host of additional transitional activities — including stabilization and peacebuilding — relevant to post-conflict contexts. As the early recovery cluster has evolved, various debates have arisen about how organizations and agencies within the cluster should allocate resources and when humanitarian actors should transition from emergency relief to structural assistance. Disagreements between governments of conflict-affected states and humanitarian actors have sometimes proved particularly contentious.

September, 2012