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Impediments to localization agenda : humanitarian space in the Rohingya response in Bangladesh (2022)

Khan, A. K., & Kontinen, T. (2022). Impediments to localization agenda : humanitarian space in the Rohingya response in Bangladesh. Journal of International Humanitarian Action, 7(1), Article 14. https://doi.org/10.1186/s41018-022-00122-1

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All authors or editorsKhan, Abdul Kadir; Kontinen, Tiina

Journal or seriesJournal of International Humanitarian Action



Publication year2022

Publication date16/07/2022


Issue number1

Article number14

PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC

Publication countrySwitzerland

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/82472


The article spotlights the impediments of the localization agenda in the Rohingya response in Bangladesh through the notion of humanitarian space. The Rohingyas rely entirely on material aid and humanitarian services in the camps, mainly stemming from international actors committed to the localization agenda, which, however, has not been effectively implemented. Drawing on the definition of humanitarian space as an arena, we investigate the main negotiations within humanitarian space in the Rohingya response and how they impede the realization of the localization agenda. We conducted secondary data analysis on reports published by organizations involved and validated the findings with ten telephone interviews with organizations in Bangladesh. We identified three main negotiations. First, negotiation on the nature of the partnership between local and international humanitarian actors, including the debates on the definition of “local”; second, negotiation concerning the characteristics and appreciation of local capacity; and third, the negotiation related to constraints within the operating environment for humanitarian actors in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. We conclude that the lens of humanitarian space is necessary for further understanding the dynamics impeding localization in the Rohingya response in particular and humanitarian action in general.

Keywordsinternational reliefdevelopment cooperationhumanitarian interventionrelief worklocalisation (adaptation)Rohingyas

Free keywordslocalization; humanitarian action; humanitarian space; civic space; Rohingya response

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Reporting Year2022

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