Delivered by Dr Vandra Harris (RMIT, Melbourne), this paper is a precursor to an in-depth study being carried out with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and RMIT University. It outlines the need for improved understanding of the challenges and opportunities posed by Military-NGO interaction in complex post-conflict spaces.
Harris highlights that as a result of geo-political and combat developments globally, key actors now regularly find themselves outside of their traditional zones of operation – militaries as peacekeepers and transitional police; NGOs operating in increasingly violent environments, while attempting to maintain independence.
Humanitarian Spaces outlines
- important differences in the meaning of common terminology, such as ‘humanitarian’ and ‘CIMIC/CMCoord’,
- the combination of significant security and human needs necessitating distinct multi-sector responses to conflict, and
- the challenges posed by the perception of conflict response operations by those affected, as key difficulties to be investigated by the proposed project.
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