Social Capital’s Role in Humanitarian Crises

ALDRICH, Daniel P, KOLADE, Seun, MCMAHON, Kate and SMITH, Robert (2021). Social Capital’s Role in Humanitarian Crises. Journal of Refugee Studies, 34 (2), 1787-1809.

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The growing scale and persistence of humanitarian crises constitute a critical problem for nation-states, aid organizations and crisis-affected people. Many humanitarian responders continue to focus on material aid, providing essential supplies and services during these crises, while other actors restore physical infrastructures. We believe aid efforts are overlooking the pivotal nature of horizontal and vertical ties within and between communities. Using qualitative and quantitative data from Uganda and Nigeria, we show how social capital matters even during the most severe crises. Our interviews and regression analyses of survey data show that deeper reservoirs of bridging social capital associate significantly with the preparedness of individuals displaced by violence in Nigeria, and that bonding and linking social capital correlates with greater resilience for people stressed by food insecurity in Uganda’s Karamoja region. Some concrete policy recommendations emerge for aid agencies and decision-makers that can invest in rebuilding social infrastructure in affected populations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1303 Specialist Studies in Education; 1606 Political Science; 1608 Sociology; Strategic, Defence & Security Studies; 3904 Specialist studies in education; 4408 Political science; 4410 Sociology
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Page Range: 1787-1809
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2023 15:42
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 13:00

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