Participatory Exclusion: Elite capture of participatory approaches in the aftermath of Cyclone Sidr

Nadiruzzaman, Md and Wrathall, David (2012). Participatory Exclusion: Elite capture of participatory approaches in the aftermath of Cyclone Sidr. UNU-EHS Working Paper. UNU-EHS.

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    Author Nadiruzzaman, Md
    Wrathall, David
    Title Participatory Exclusion: Elite capture of participatory approaches in the aftermath of Cyclone Sidr
    Series Title UNU-EHS Working Paper
    Volume/Issue No. 14
    Publication Date 2012-12
    Place of Publication Bonn
    Publisher UNU-EHS
    Pages 28
    Language eng
    Abstract ‘Nature does not discriminate, but humans do’ – a deliberately echoed sentiment in an area affected by Cyclone Sidr - problematizes the practice of resource distribution in post-disaster situations. While relief and rehabilitation services have the objective of ‘building back better’, the possibility of elite-capture of resource distribution channels, jeopardizes humanitarian initiatives. This paper explores the political economy of post-Sidr interventions from an ethnographic account. The paper establishes links between power networks and access to resources in the study area, finding that marginality is a product of ongoing disaster interventions which favour the relatively well-off over the structurally poor. Ultimately, humanitarian assistance channels resources through established power networks, thus reinforcing them and producing uneven resilience among different social strata. This paper offers important insights for redesigning the distribution of humanitarian assistance.
    Keyword Humanitarian assistance
    Participation
    Patron-client relationship
    Marginality
    Cyclone Sidr
    Copyright Holder UNU-EHS
    Copyright Year 2012
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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