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14 Mar 2012 description

By Ashley South

International aid agencies are generally keen to elicit beneficiary participation, do ‘capacity building’ and support local partners. However, this is easier said than done, and local communities and organisations can suffer by contact with international agencies, or at least be excluded from potential benefits.

13 Mar 2012 description

By Ashley South, Susanne Kempel, Malin Perhult and Nils Carstensen

This study explores the perceptions and realities of people living in parts of the Irrawaddy Delta affected by Cyclone Nargis, which struck Myanmar on the night of 2 May 2008.

In responding to and recovering from Cyclone Nargis, affected communities experienced three ‘phases’ of assistance: