Humanitarian Capability Definitions and Components (GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 929)

Abstract

Query

How is humanitarian capability defined and what are considered to be its constituent components? Humanitarian capability refers to people, institutions and systems. Based on literature from academia, practice and policy-making about the North or the South, please provide an annotated bibliography.

Overview

There is a dearth of literature on the concept of humanitarian capability. References often use capability and capacity interchangeably. Discussions of humanitarian performance show parallels with those on capability. There are almost no holistic, systematic or comparative reviews of the notion of humanitarian capability. References tend to focus on one level of analysis or one sector. The report offers an annotated bibliography, first about specific levels (international, regional, national and local capabilities), second about the health sector.

Citation

Combaz, E. Humanitarian Capability Definitions and Components (GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 929). Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK (2013) 15 pp.

Humanitarian Capability Definitions and Components (GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 929)

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