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Rejection of International Aid

  • By: DeMond S. Miller & Derrick M. Miller
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

Disaster aid is a humanitarian effort undertaken by various countries in an effort to help areas of the world that are affected by natural, human-induced, or technological disasters. In the disaster studies literature, disaster assistance from one country to another is often termed disaster diplomacy. When disaster assistance, or disaster diplomacy, is offered in the aftermath of any form of disaster, a host of issues arise: human rights, vulnerable groups, international diplomacy, potential conflict resolution, environmental management, and environmentally sustainable rebuilding, or even more insidious forms of disaster capitalist activities.

The refusal or acceptance of disaster aid is based largely on the economic, cultural, and social conditions, as well as diplomatic relations, between the recipient and donor countries. Each factor impacts the quality of the aid ...

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