The Fragile State of Disaster Response: Understanding Aid-State-Society Relations in Post-conflict Settings

  • Samantha MelisEmail author
Part of the The Anthropocene: Politik—Economics—Society—Science book series (APESS, volume 25)


Natural hazards often strike in conflict-affected societies, where the devastation is further compounded by the fragility of these societies and a complex web of myriad actors. To respond to disasters, aid, state, and societal actors enter the humanitarian arena, where they manoeuvre in the socio-political space to renegotiate power relations and gain legitimacy to achieve their goals by utilising authoritative and material resources. Post-conflict settings such as Burundi present a challenge for disaster response as actors are confronted with an uncertain transition period and the need to balance roles and capacity.


Natural disasters Fragile states Post-conflict Humanitarian aid Humanitarian arena Power relations Legitimacy Disaster response Burundi 


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  1. 1.International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)The HagueThe Netherlands

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