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Alkusaibati, Wael, 2020. The Organization under extreme conditions : the case study of UNHCR during the Syrian crisis. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Economics



The contemporary crises become increasingly complex, accompanied by more hostilities leading the infected societies to witness more unfortunate events, especially when political solutions are absent in war times or internal conflicts. The humanitarian sector, on the other hand, has to mitigate the severe effects of these crises on communities and provide assistance despite lack of funding and data. The action of UNHCR during the conflict in Syria has been taken as a case study due to the complexity of the situation in Syria.
Contingency theory has been adopted within this study to investigate how does the humanitarian crisis in Syria impact the structure of UNHCR. Furthermore, contingency planning as a vital element to address emergencies effectively, enabling the organization to absorb shocks entirely or even partly, is adopted to investigate whether the UNHCR’s crisis management is efficient or not.
The study reveals that UNHCR’s emergency preparedness planning is a sophisticated tool in meeting emergencies, particularly when adopting and implementing these plans on the ground and in coordination with the other stakeholders. Emergency preparedness planning has been observed to be an advantage to the organization primarily when the existing hazard or the predicable one is described as very dynamic. The case study discovers that UNHCR experienced extreme conditions in Syria, such as lack or absence of the data, funding gaps, and safety threatening. Despite these challenges, the organization developed an inclusive response action in which it collaborates with the other humanitarian organizations in Syria and involves the local communities to design site-oriented and more accurate plans.

Main title:The Organization under extreme conditions
Subtitle:the case study of UNHCR during the Syrian crisis
Authors:Alkusaibati, Wael
Supervisor:Hakelius, Karin
Examiner:Ferguson, Richard
Series:Examensarbete / SLU, Institutionen för ekonomi
Volume/Sequential designation:1304
Year of Publication:2020
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM005 Environmental Economics and Management - Master's Programme 120 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Keywords:contingency theory, emergency planning, hermeneutics, humanitarian aid, humanitarian crises, preparedness planning, the Syrian conflict
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Development economics and policies
Social sciences, humanities and education
Deposited On:12 Oct 2020 06:48
Metadata Last Modified:13 Oct 2020 01:02

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