UN integration and humanitarian space [electronic resource] : an independent study commissioned by the UN Integration Steering Group / Victoria Metcalfe, Alison Giffen and Samir Elhawary.

Metcalfe, Victoria.
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United Nations integration and humanitarian space
JSTOR Security Studies.
London : Humanitarian Policy Group, Overseas Development Institute ; Washington, DC : Henry L. Stimson Center, 2011.
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United Nations.
Humanitarian intervention.
Integrated operations (Military science).
The benefits and risks of UN integration for humanitarian space have been intensely debated for many years. Some UN humanitarian staff, and many staff in non-UN humanitarian organisations, remain deeply sceptical that UN integration can benefit humanitarian action. Many NGOs are opposed to UN integration on principle, arguing that integration arrangements blur the distinction between humanitarian, military and political action, subordinate humanitarian priorities to political prerogatives and therefore place humanitarian action at significant risk. Conversely, many in the UN political and peacekeeping community stress the need for enhanced coherence and highlight the positive experiences of UN integration and the significant progress made in policy development and practice in recent years. Against this background, this independent study was commissioned by the UN Integration Steering Group (ISG) to explore the impact of UN integration arrangements on humanitarian space and make recommendations towards the improved management of this impact. This study focused on three main case studies (Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia), complemented by a desk review of the Central African Republic, Darfur (Sudan) and Liberia. The study found that, despite reforms to the policy of integration over the last decade, the debate remains polarised and stakeholders -- including UN departments, funds, agencies and programmes -- should redouble their efforts to promote greater awareness and consistent implementation of policy provisions that seek to ensure that UN integration arrangements protect humanitarian space. They should also do much more to build confidence across the political, peacekeeping and humanitarian communities to help ensure that the potential benefits of UN integration for humanitarian operations are maximised, and the risks minimised.
UN integration : concept and policy
UN integration in practice
The impact of UN integration arrangements on humanitarian space
Contextual factors impacting on humanitarian space
Conclusions and recommendations.
Title from PDF title page (viewed on December 22, 2011).
"December 2011."
Includes bibliographical references (pages 53-55).
Giffen, Alison.
Elhawary, Samir.
Overseas Development Institute (London, England). Humanitarian Policy Group.
Henry L. Stimson Center.
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