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Politics of Care and Social Responses in the July 2006 War: a Special Focus on Local Faith-Based Organisations*

Politics of Care and Social Responses in the July 2006 War: a Special Focus on Local Faith-Based Organisations


The present paper will examine the politics of care of international and local humanitarian actors, as well as the social responses to their intervention in the southern suburbs of Beirut (Dahiye) during the Israeli shelling in the summer of 2006.

Volunteerism as a key to improved resilience and a strengthened local response to crises within Lebanon.


For many analysts, the situation in Lebanon appears to be at a tipping point of violence, as the country has welcomed more than 1.5 million Syrian refugees since the start of the conflict in Syria. The consequences that this has brought to Lebanese society have been social, economic and structural, among others.

The Basic Guidebook for Emerging Collectives, Cooperatives and NGOs in Lebanon (En-Ar)

This resource published within Lebanon Support's Humanitarian Knowledge Base, in partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), aims to provide the tools and know-how to establish an organisation or collective and operate in Lebanon. It provides the basics relevant to establishing and running an NGO or unregistered group in Lebanon.


“Relief: neutral form of aid or political communal mobilisation? The politics of aids during the July war and the humanitarian principle of neutrality”

On the 21st of May 2015, Lebanon Support organized a roundtable on the politics of humanitarian aid in Lebanon, the humanitarian principle of neutrality and the local politically engaged forms of relief provided during the July war.  The roundtable was the third of a series of discussions addressing local experiences, expertise and responses to crises and conflicts in past humanitarian emergencies from 2006 and 2007.

“Local expertise and global packages of Aid: the transformative role of volunteerism and local expert knowledge of aid during Lebanon’s July war”

On the 7th of May, Lebanon Support organized a roundtable discussion on the relation between volunteerism, political/intersubjective transformations and the emergence of local expertise during war and humanitarian emergencies. The discussion was based on a paper on different volunteer-based experiences during the July war in 2006. The event was the second roundtable of a series of discussions addressing local experiences and responses to humanitarian emergencies like the July War.

Relief as a neutral form of aid or a political-communal mobilization? Doing politics in emergencies and war and the politics of aid in Lebanon

This case study explores the issues of neutrality and local commitment in providing assistance during war and conflict. It aims at placing the humanitarian principle of neutrality, a global principle of humanitarian assistance that posits a specific form and stance in providing aid, in conversation with local forms of political and communal mobilization of relief, by taking as an example the July war in 2006, and its aftermath.


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