Reconceptualizing vulnerability and safeguarding in the humanitarian and development sector

Daoust, Gabrielle and Dyvik, Synne (2021) Reconceptualizing vulnerability and safeguarding in the humanitarian and development sector. Social Politics: international studies in gender, state, and society. pp. 1-24. ISSN 1072-4745

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Abstract

Since 2018, “safeguarding” has been hailed as the answer to abuse, exploitation, and harassment in the humanitarian and development sector. However, safeguarding as a concept relies on conceptions of vulnerability, which are rarely critically interrogated. Bringing feminist, postcolonial, and critical disability studies to bear on what is conventionally viewed as an apolitical policy response, we argue that the need for safeguarding should be located within wider racialized, gendered, ableist, and geographic structures of power within which the sector is embedded. We conclude with theoretical reflections and directions for change centering intersectional and repoliticized conceptualizations of vulnerability and thus safeguarding.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: safeguarding, humanitarianism, development
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
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Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2021 08:00
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2021 09:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/96476

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