Building bridges between international humanitarian and development responses to forced migration

In this report, Alexander Kocks, Ruben Wedel, Hanne Rogemann and Helge Roxin study the extent to which essential links between humanitarian aid and development assistance have been established in practice during the Syria crisis. The authors find among other things that the strategic design and planning of interventions have increasingly involved common points of departure. At a more concrete level, efforts to strengthen local structures in neighbouring countries (Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq) have facilitated accessibility for groups in need, led to increased employment and strengthened local capacity. At the same time, the authors describe how local actors are finding it difficult to meet growing relief needs, and also note that capacity-building initiatives are frequently taken with little input from local actors.

The report has been produced in collaboration with the German Institute for Development Evaluation, DEval (www.deval.org).