Risks And Challenges For Humanitarian Action Essay

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3.1.2. Risks and challenges for Humanitarian action
Responsibility, guilt and aid diversion: Ukrainian government seems to be in a major paradox as on one hand it claims its sovereignty over all Ukraine while on the other ceases to deliver services, hence indirectly delegating this responsibility to de facto authorities reinforcing in someway its legitimacy. In any case the limitation of aid provided in eastern Ukraine either due to Governmental will or de facto authorities limited capacity put humanitarian actors in the difficult position of having to bear the costs alone and could in some cases ‘trap’ humanitarian actors in the negative power balance (H03) As stakes grow higher, humanitarians may have to further compromise to be able of maintaining activities, hence the possibility to use leverage from both warring parties and to ultimately use humanitarian ‘engagement or sense of guilt’ to instrumentalize aid (H02). Most of he interviewees (5/7) evoked possible diversions of resources for non humanitarian purposes: for the government the resources needed for its population may be allocated elsewhere, and for separatists groups diversion of aid may be employed to sustain war efforts or to fuel it. Legitimacy: If legally speaking only sovereign states can grant recognition in many conflicts, belligerents especially rebel groups, may be tempted to use the presence of humanitarian actors and/or agreements signed with them as a mean to claim legitimacy or international…

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