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Gemma van der Haar

Gemma van der Haar

Dr. Ir. Gemma van der Haar is an assistent professor at the Wageningen University.

Entering the ‘negotiation of rule’

The World Conference on Humanitarian Studies created space for debating international engagement in fragile and conflict-affected settings

‘Engineering’ non-state governance

One of the key insights from policy discourses on fragile states is that these states can contain a variety of non-state forms of public authority. It has been convincingly argued that in the absence of functioning states, societies are not ‘ungoverned’, but rely on traditional mechanisms, as well as on community-based arrangements, armed actors or opposition groups, humanitarian or development agencies and, in some cases, the private sector. This insight has resonated widely and has sparked an interest in building on non-state institutions for reconstruction and development.

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