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Title: Localisation requires trust : an interface perspective on the Rohingya response in Bangladesh
Author(s): Roepstorff, KristinaLook up in the Integrated Authority File of the German National Library
Issue Date: 2022
Type: Article
Language: English
URN: urn:nbn:de:gbv:ma9:1-1981185920-981538
Subjects: Bangladesh
Local non-governmental organisations
Rohingya response
Humanitarian action
Abstract: Local actors are promoted as important agents in the humanitarian sector’s latest reform efforts. Opinions on the exact meaning and the best means of implementing localisation differ, however. Applying an interface perspective, this paper analyses how the Rohingya response in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, became an arena of contestation, competition, and sometimes convergence among different actors in relation to localisation. It shows how misconceptions and divergent understandings of localisation and the best methods of achieving it were prevalent and hampered the joint endeavours of international and local humanitarian bodies. Although both sides sought common ground, conflicting views, interests, and perceptions of ‘self’ and ‘other’ stood in the way. A lack of trust between international and local organisations intensified divisions. The paper argues, therefore, that the humanitarian sector needs to engage in trust-building between the various entities involved in humanitarian response if localisation is to be realised, including addressing underlying structural and systemic issues of (neo)colonialism, racism, and classism.
Open Access: Open access publication
License: (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial NoDerivatives 4.0(CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial NoDerivatives 4.0
Sponsor/Funder: Projekt DEAL 2021
Journal Title: Disasters
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Publisher Place: Oxford [u.a.]
Volume: 46
Issue: 3
Original Publication: 10.1111/disa.12483
Page Start: 610
Page End: 632
Appears in Collections:Fakultät für Humanwissenschaften (ehemals: Fakultät für Geistes-, Sozial- und Erziehungswissenschaften) (OA)

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