Literature monitoring

“Return: voluntary, safe, dignified and durable?” Forced Migration Review 62, Refugee Studies Centre, October 2019.
Voluntary return in safety and with dignity has long been a core tenet of the international refugee regime. In the 23 articles on ‘Return’ in this issue of FMR, the authors explore various obstacles to achieving sustainable return, discuss the need to guard against premature or forced return, and debate the assumptions and perceptions that influence policy and practice.

Rethinking capacity and complementarity for a more local humanitarian action, Veronique Barbelet, HPG Report, HPG, ODI, October 2019.
This report concludes a research project on the capacity and complementarity of local, national, regional and international actors in relation to the localisation of humanitarian aid. The project explored two central questions: ‘How can capacity be better understood and applied to support more complementary and collaborative humanitarian responses?’ and, ‘What are the opportunities for and obstacles to increasing this capacity?’ It is based on case studies on the response to the Rohingya refugee crisis, and the response to the conflict in the South Kivu and Kasaï-Central provinces in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Valuing local resources in humanitarian crises, Barnaby Willitts-King, John Bryant and Alexandra Spencer, HPG, ODI, HPG Report, October 19.
This study analyses the idea that the known international resources for the response to a crisis are only a small part of a much larger quantity of resources which are invisible or ‘do not count’. One of the main objectives was to identify and quantify, in monetary terms, the flow of different types of resources that affected people use during a crisis. As international aid is only a very small part of the aid received, this study shows that it is important to change perspective by placing households and affected countries at the centre of the planning and funding of operations.

Analyses documentaires thématiques

Several times a year, “Documentary analyses”, focusing on a given subject often related to current events, are also carried out.