Research project

Humanitarian action- Ideologies - Transition

Côte d’Ivoire was a war-torn country from more than a decade. The implications of this conflict on the population as well as the disability of the state agencies to deal with them have drawn international and national actors in the humanitarian field. But, it appears many disagreements related to the practical details of this intervention. These disagreements put in inquiry the ideological backing of the humanitarian actors for moving in or out of the field, despite the ongoing demand of the populations; this to match with the rise of ethical questions of the humanitarian transition.

Based on the case of western Côte d’Ivoire, this paper aims at analyzing the actors forms of justifications to enter in or to get out of the humanitarian action field. It is to see how these forms of justifications are reinvested, their stakes and the practices emerging from them in relation with the question of the humanitarian transition. It emerges that the fear to engender dependency works in a way to produce the dependency of the population and local actors in this field.