Coordinating Humanitarian Action: The Changing Role of Official Donors

Briefing papers
December 2002
Nicola Reindorp and Anna Schmidt

Over the past decade, there have been significant changes in the way official donors finance and organise their response to humanitarian crises. These changes have been dubbed the ‘bilateralisation’ of humanitarian response - a catchy, but often misleading, label. This paper reports on one aspect of a larger study of these trends: how donors’ roles in the coordination of humanitarian response are changing, both at field level and globally.

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