“The first volume of the collection ‘Humanitarian aid’s future’ is dedicated to the Humanitarian transition in Senegal. It is the outcome of discussions between academics, non-governmental actors, and institutional stakeholders, gathered in Dakar on November 5th and 6th 2014 by the French Red Cross Fund, to discuss collectively about their practices, their underlying principles and other issues relating to humanitarian aid.
The first part of the book proposes to ‘think about the Senegalese humanitarian sector (and beyond) from research to action’. It establishes a general overview of the evolution of humanitarian aid in Senegal, mainly from the standpoint of relations between ‘civil society’ and the government. The possibilities and specific modalities of research serving the humanitarian transition are also examined. The second part focuses on the interactions between values (cultural, moral, civic, etc.) and social and humanitarian interventions. Stressing the need to take into account the ‘world views’ of individuals and/or populations receiving aid, the authors contribute to the reflection on the meaning of humanitarian aid and the quest for support to its contemporary transformations.”