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Humanitarian Governance: Assisting Mauritanian Refugees In Senegal

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This chapter addresses the unanswered questions concerning the ways in which basic relief services and legal protection are provided to the victims in the host country, the mechanisms of coordination that are used, the institutional and non-institutional actors involved in the definition and regulation of these mechanisms and the way they evolve in the long term?in particular after the withdrawal of aid organisations. It explores the ways in which both the host country and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) respond to the pressure exerted by displaced populations on local infrastructure and public services. The analysis focuses on the case of Mauritanian refugees who were expelled from their country of origin in 1989. Finally, the chapter highlights how the production and transformation of relief services is characterised by porous boundaries between private and public interests and question the effectiveness of humanitarian action in terms of governability.

Keywords: host country; humanitarian action; legal protection; local infrastructure; Mauritanian refugees; non-institutional actors; public services; relief services; United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees



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