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Estella Carpi


The Everyday Experience of Humanitarianism in Akkar Villages (Part Two)

[Lebanese villagers stand on a roof as they watch the funeral processions of anti-Syrian regime Sunni cleric Shaykh Ahmed Abdul-Wahid and his bodyguard, who were shot at a Lebanese army checkpoint, at their hometown village of Beireh, in Akkar, north Lebanon on 21 May 2012. Image by Hussein Malla via Associated Press]

Approaches to Program Implementation as Seen by People: Emerging Rifts between the Beneficiaries and the Providers About the People “Ethnicization” of needs and services is the approach according to which beneficiaries need to fit into specific categories in order to qualify for services and goods. In this sense, the way humanitarian programs have been implemented has ethnicized the human needs of such areas. The fact that every kind of assistance is provided according to ...

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The Everyday Experience of Humanitarianism in Akkar Villages (Part One)

[In this 30 May 2012 photo, a fifteen-year-old Syrian refugee boy rides a motorbike with his sister and his brother, who fled their home from the Syrian town of Tal-Kalakh. The photo was taken outside a school where they stay with their family and relatives temporarily, in Shadra village at the northern Lebanese-Syrian border town of Wadi Khalid, in Akkar, north Lebanon. Image by Hussein Malla via Associated Press.]

It is very common nowadays to come across reports discussing the negative impact of the Syrian humanitarian crisis on the Lebanese economy as a whole. On the one hand, there have been several attempts to focus on the victims and their plight, rather than looking at the complex dynamics of humanitarian intervention in the country. On the other, many organizations tend to disguise or justify their own political agenda in their impact assessment reports and fieldwork ...

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Estella Carpi


Estella Carpi is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney, and PhD fellow in the Center for Social and Behavioral Sciences at the American University of Beirut. Her research spans the social responsiveness to humanitarian assistance from the 2006 war in the southern suburbs of Beirut to the current Syrian refugee influx in Akkar’s villages. She received her MA from the University of Milan (2008) with a thesis on “Everyday Speech in Contemporary Lebanon.” Estella studied Arabic at the University of Milan (2002-2007) and the University of Damascus (2005 and 2007). To contact the author: