Humanitarian Assistance: Improving U.S.-European Cooperation

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How can the United States and Europe improve the effectiveness and impact of their humanitarian assistance efforts? A team of scholars and practitioners led by the Global Public Policy Institute and the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University conducted field-based empirical research and engaged policymakers to improve U.S.-European cooperation in four key areas of humanitarian assistance: linking relief, rehabilitation, and development; applying best practices and lessons learned; improving business engagement in emergency relief and preparedness; and considering civil-military relations in disaster response.

The authors provide an in-depth analysis of the current state of the humanitarian policy debate and the relevant institutional setup in the EU and the U.S. They compare doctrines, programming principles, and geographical and sectoral priorities and propose areas where these principles and priorities can be made coherent. They also offer specific recommendations for greater transatlantic coherence and effectiveness.

Contents include

Part One: Linking Relief, Rehabilitation and Development

Case Studies

Southern Sudan

North Kivu



Part Two: Approaches to Implementing Lessons Learned in Humanitarian Assistance

Case Studies

Gender in Nepal

Gender in Darfur

Strengthening Local Capacity in Nicaragua

Strengthening Local Capacity in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Part Three: Business Engagement in Emergency Relief and Preparedness

Case Studies

Humanitarian Firms

Insuring Against Disasters

Humanitarian Assistance and Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility in Emergency Preparedness

Part Four: Civil-Military Relations in Disaster Response

Case Studies

Civil-Military Relations in Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo

The Next Emergency in Kosovo

Response to the 2004 Tsunami

Civil-Military Relations after Katrina

Copublished with the Global Public Policy Institute

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780980187182
  • Publisher: Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins U.-SAIS
  • Publication date: 12/22/2009
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel S. Hamilton is the Richard von Weizs├Ącker Professor and director of the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University. He also serves as the director of the American Consortium for EU Studies.

Julia Steets is associate director of the Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin.

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