Faith and impartiality in humanitarian response: Lessons from Lebanese evangelical churches providing food aid
Kraft, K. 2015. Faith and impartiality in humanitarian response: Lessons from Lebanese evangelical churches providing food aid. International Review of the Red Cross. 97 (897), pp. 395-421.
This case study of a network of evangelical churches in Lebanon, based on data collected during an evaluation in 2014, presents a critique of common understandings about the humanitarian principle of impartiality, and questions assumptions about the compatibility between religious fervour and humanitarian values. Churches attempting to respect impartiality while implementing a food aid project for Syrian refugees have sought to mitigate potential problems through relationship-building and promotion of human dignity in order to ensure needs-responsiveness. Though many Lebanese Evangelical Christians do continue to engage in evangelistic activity, they benefit from strong community ties and demonstrate a high level of sensitivity to their beneficiaries' urgent needs as well as their sense of dignity.
|Journal||International Review of the Red Cross|
|Journal citation||97 (897), pp. 395-421|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press for International Committee of the Red Cross|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1017/S1816383115000570|
|16 Nov 2015|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||17 Dec 2015|
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