Acting as One? Co-ordinating responses to the landmine problem

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Harpviken, Kristian Berg;Kjellman, Kjell Erling;Millard, Ananda S.; & Strand, Arne (2003) Acting as One? Co-ordinating responses to the landmine problem , Third World Quarterly 24(5): 855–871.

This article looks at co-ordination within humanitarian mine action (hma), and co-ordination between hma and other humanitarian and development initiatives. The discussion focuses specifically on the role of UN-led Mine Action Centres (macs) and the analysis draws on case studies of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Afghanistan. A contention throughout is that macs often employ a rigid approach to co-ordination. This constricts the flexibility of mine action organisations, limits the development of creative initiatives and poses a barrier to co-ordination between hma and other humanitarian initiatives. A second point pursued is that co-ordination arrangements are embedded in a broader institutional context, and this context has in turn the potential to impact on co-ordination. The analysis presented here suggests a number of implications for hma in general, together with a number of policy considerations. The article concludes by offering some thoughts for the future on the importance of effective co-ordination arrangements both within hma as a sector and between hma and other sectors of humanitarian assistance.

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Authors

Kjell Erling Kjellman

Kjell Erling Kjellman

Senior Researcher, Project Leader AMAC

Kristian Berg Harpviken

Kristian Berg Harpviken

PRIO Director

Ananda S. Millard

Ananda S. Millard

Senior Researcher, Assistance to Mine-Affected Communities

Arne Strand

Arne Strand

Centre Manager, PRIO Cyprus Centre