As part of a larger evaluation of Danish humanitarian assistance, this study provides a review of some central policy issues that the UN and the international humanitarian organisations have been confronting during the 1990s, in particular in dealing with complex political emergencies. The focus is on early warning and preventive action; humanitarian access; operational and strategic coordination; use of local human and physical resources; and relief-to-development transition issues. In addition, the study reviews the main elements in Danida's support to and dialogue with these agencies, on the basis of Denmark's policies of Active Multilateralism, and makes policy recommendations in respect of several crosscutting issues.

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