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Title:A monopoly on assistance: international aid to refugee camps and the neglected role of the Somali diaspora
Author:Horst, CindyISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:Afrika Spectrum
Volume:43
Issue:1
Pages:121-131
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:refugees
Somalians
refugee assistance
Abstract:This article examines the neglected role of assistance provided by Somali refugees themselves within the framework of international aid practices in long-term refugee camps in northeastern Kenya. The article is based on fieldwork carried out in Dadaab and Nairobi over various periods between 1995 and August 2007. It first discusses the context of the Dadaab refugee camps as a protracted refugee situation, and the monopoly on assistance that is commonly assumed by international aid providers. Next, the author deals with assistance provided by refugees outside Dadaab through the lens of international aid provision by distinguishing relief aid, aid for care and maintenance, and more sustainable types of development aid. The article demonstrates that international aid providers do not hold a monopoly on any of these kinds of aid provision. It argues that refugees need to be acknowledged not just as assistance receivers but also as providers of aid. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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