NGO Relief in War Zones: Toward an Analysis of the New Aid Paradigm

  • Mark Duffield
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


Relief in war zones provides a metaphor for the post-Cold War era, which is part of its complexity. It signals and reflects some of the most profound historical changes of our time. Although often associated with Africa or the Balkans, the modus operandi of war relief also reflects the essence of social change within industrialized countries. External humanitarian aid is similarly concerned with the changing role of governments and the increasing importance of subcontracting public functions to private or nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). In many respects, the present international relief system is a projection of the way in which the West is attempting to solve its own internal problems. In both cases, the focus of public policy has shifted from attempting to manage growth and redistribution to trying to contain the effects of poverty and social exclusion.


North Atlantic Treaty Organization Relief Operation Complex Emergency Global Polarization South Sudan 
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