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Humanitarianism, aid and borders

We carry out research at the nexus of emergency and development. We study conditions and effects of humanitarian responses to conflict and political instability, migration and the governance of mobility, fragile states, security policies, peace efforts and international aid.

Completed projects

Oct 2013 - Dec 2013

Policy Briefs Afghanistan

Karin Ask

Researcher

Antonio De Lauri

Coordinator, Humanitarianism and Borders, Senior Researcher

Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Associated Senior Researcher

Abdel Ghaffar Ahmed

Professor of Development Studies, Ahfad University and University of Khartoum

Are John Knudsen

Senior Researcher

Siri Neset

Associated Researcher

Helge Rønning

Associated Senior Researcher

Kjetil Selvik

Senior Researcher (on leave)

Elin Skaar

Senior Researcher, Coordinator: Rights and Legal Institutions

Arne Strand

Deputy Director, Research Director, U4 Director

Astri Suhrke

Senior Researcher

Gunnar M. Sørbø

Senior Researcher

Kari Telle

Senior Researcher

Elling N. Tjønneland

Senior Researcher

Liv Tønnessen

Research Director

Torunn Wimpelmann

Researcher

Development aid aims to bring countries out of poverty and to promote human rights for all. Humanitarian assistance focuses on saving lives following natural or man-made disasters. Today, humanitarianism is increasingly linked to management of borders and to challenges produced by “protracted crises”. Borders, in this context, are physical limits as well as legal and political barriers.

CMI’s research group on humanitarianism and borders carries out research at the nexus of emergency and development. By combining ethnographic research with political science perspective, the group investigates conditions and effects of humanitarian responses to conflict and political instability, migration and the governance of mobility, fragile states, security policies, peace efforts and international aid.

Some of the researches currently conducted by the group focus on: 

 -          Displacement in the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Europe

 -          The militarization of borders

 -       The long term effects of conflicts and instability in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa

 -          Humanitarian militarism

 -          Humanitarian diplomacy and politics of aid

 -          The gap between humanitarian and development assistance

 -          Asylum policies in Europe and the link to in-country interventions

 -          Civil society, NGOs and international cooperation

 -          Humanitarian intervention and gender politics in conflict and post-conflict zones

The group researches in several geographical regions including the Middle East, Central Asia, East Africa and Europe. We also carry out evaluations of specific projects and programs designed to promote peace and integration in these locations and we conduct country/regional analysis in collaboration with international and local partners.