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University of Amsterdam (2019)

Funding choices and the agility of small-scale organizations in providing services to refugees in Lebanon : a study focusing on the micro-level

Anagnostou Aspasia

Titre : Funding choices and the agility of small-scale organizations in providing services to refugees in Lebanon : a study focusing on the micro-level

Auteur : Anagnostou Aspasia

Université de soutenance : University of Amsterdam

Grade : MSc International Development Studies 2019

Résumé
Lebanon hosts more than 1,5 million Syrians and approximately 230.000 Palestinians, assuming a great share of responsibility in responding to the needs and human rights of people fleeing war. The role of humanitarian organizations in addressing those peoples’ needs is extremely vital, especially considering the weak economic state of the country and its sensitive geopolitical position. This research explores the agility of small-scale humanitarian organizations in realizing their true mission vis-à-vis the funding choices they make. It aims to address a general lack of qualitative data incorporating feedback from small organizations providing services to refugee populations. The focus is centred upon the experiences of humanitarian staff that are engaged with raising funds for organizations. Semi-structured qualitative interviews and observations expose the coerciveness of the humanitarian apparatus, where it is not free choice that leads to funding modalities, but rather a coercion to adapt to limited opportunities. The general scarcity of funds for small-scale organizations and the superiority of TNGOs in procedures for partnerships hint to a challenging process of gathering funds for small-scale organizations. While in this reality the significance of private funds cannot be underestimated, this research proposes that to ensure the utmost agility for small-scale organizations, their humanitarian workers must be relieved as much as possible from the burden of claiming and managing funds through appropriate partnerships with TNGOs. The research supports that with the current funding mechanisms, small-scale organizations, which according to contemporary debates are the central agents of change, are overwhelmed with conflicting accountabilities towards donors and their beneficiaries.

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