INTRODUCTION

Publication date:
12/2016
Author:
Pol Morillas, Research Fellow in European Affairs, CIDOB and Rafael Vilasanjuan, Policy and Global Development Director, ISGlobal
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For civilians caught in the devastating reality of conflict and war, daily life is not only threatened by unspeakable fighting and violence, but is also severely impacted by the lack of access to essential services that provide food, water, sanitation, health and emergency aid.
It is in these settings of instability, from the break-down and destruction of state institutions and infrastructure, where the urgent need to deliver critical, life-saving interventions is usually provided through humanitarian assistance and international development and peace-keeping efforts.