The Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh: an analysis of the involvement of the local humanitarian actors

Mehdi Chowdhury*, Nigel Leroy Williams, Karen Thompson, Georgina Ferdous

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    Abstract

    Since August 2017, more than 700000 Rohingya have sought refuge in Bangladesh from neighbouring Myanmar, resulting in an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. A significant endeavour is taking place involving various humanitarian actors for the provision and overall management of the humanitarian activities in Rohingya refugee camps. The article studies the
    configuration and evolution of the humanitarian operations with the aim of identifying the extent of Localisation, i.e. involvement of the Bangladeshi actors in the management of the camps in the early stage (1-2 years) of the crisis. It employs a quantitative method by analysing the 4W data of the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Network analysis suggests that the humanitarian operations are dominated by international actors, and Localisation has not been achieved at the early stage of the crisis. Additionally, the article provides a profile of the humanitarian operation along with the context and background of the crisis; as such can be utilised by both academic and nonacademic audiences.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalThird World Quarterly
    Publication statusAccepted for publication - 28 May 2022

    Keywords

    • Rohingya
    • Bangladesh
    • Humanitarian operations
    • 4W data
    • Localisation

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