Bridging the gaps
The challenge: to understand each other’s logic
Strengthening coherence and connectedness between humanitarian response, recovery and development.
Despite attempts and on-going efforts, many of the problems related to linking relief, rehabilitation and development remain unresolved. In Haiti, after years of development efforts, recurrent natural disasters and weak governance at different levels seem to question the adequacy of current development policies and international support. In DRC decades of conflict have not helped set the stage for sound development. Mali, a pilot of development approaches, suddenly falls into crisis and evidences the aid system failure. Humanitarian and development cultures struggle to communicate.
Institutional partition and differences in operational activities between both actors contribute to the challenge of linking the two sectors and to bridging the gaps. It is frequently difficult for the various actors to understand each other’s operational logic.