Journal Article

Humanitarian Organizations in Tajikistan and the Coordination of Aid to Displaced Afghans in No Man's Land

Indra Øverland

in Journal of Refugee Studies

Volume 18, issue 2, pages 133-150
Published in print June 2005 | ISSN: 0951-6328
Published online June 2005 | e-ISSN: 1471-6925 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/refuge/fei017
Humanitarian Organizations in Tajikistan and the Coordination of Aid to Displaced Afghans in No Man's Land

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This article examines the coordination of humanitarian aid to displaced Afghans on the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan from 2000 to 2002, in order to draw lessons that may be useful in connection with the return of the remaining displaced Afghans and other groups of refugees and IDPs. It examines the roles of the various organizations involved in the humanitarian operation, focusing on UNHCR and its position as lead agency. The case of the displaced Afghans on the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan highlights some problematic consequences of locating coordinating functions in sectoral lead agencies, and some advantages of neutral coordination bodies such as OCHA. It also demonstrates the importance of a balance between information gathering, processing and sharing, as well as the interconnections between coordination by command and coordination by consensus.

Journal Article.  8439 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration ; Human Geography ; International Relations ; Aid and Relief Programmes ; Refugee Studies

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