More logistics, less aid : Humanitarian-business partnerships and sustainability in the refugee camp

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Pascucci , E 2021 , ' More logistics, less aid : Humanitarian-business partnerships and sustainability in the refugee camp ' , World Development , vol. 142 , 105424 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2021.105424

Title: More logistics, less aid : Humanitarian-business partnerships and sustainability in the refugee camp
Author: Pascucci, Elisa
Contributor organization: Department of Cultures
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives
Date: 2021-06
Language: eng
Number of pages: 9
Belongs to series: World Development
ISSN: 0305-750X
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2021.105424
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/330602
Abstract: This article identifies logistics - the science and practice of managing complex operations and moving goods - as an essential yet overlooked dimension of the alignment of global business and global aid in the UN 2030 Agenda era. Focusing on refugee aid, it draws on qualitative fieldwork with practitioners in the field of humanitarian logistics, active in the partnership environment of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in five countries (Greece, Jordan, Lebanon, Rwanda and Sweden). The analysis shows how aid workers see profit and non-profit partnerships for humanitarian logistics as a priority in the context of the so-called humanitarian-development nexus. In particular, logistics is considered essential to bring refugee aid in line with emerging standards of sustainability. The article puts forward a twofold argument. First, it shows how sustainability policies prioritize logistical solutions that are based on the integration of the displaced in local and transnational markets, rather than on the delivery of material goods and infrastructures. Second, in a slight departure from existing literature on humanitarian logistics, it argues that the agency of the humanitarian sector, and not just that of the corporate world, is central in the promotion of humanitarian logistics partnerships. The conclusions discuss the ethical and political implications of a humanitarianism increasingly oriented towards supply-chain rationales, in which more sustainable logistics often equates less material aid. (c) 2021 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Subject: Humanitarian logistics
Humanitarian-business partnerships
Refugee camps
Sustainability
Green logistics
Humanitarian-development nexus
511 Economics
512 Business and Management
5203 Global Development Studies
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc_nd
Usage restriction: openAccess
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