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The evolution of the Gulf states as humanitarian donors

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submitted on 2024-02-06, 05:57 and posted on 2024-02-06, 12:22 authored by Ghassan Elkahlout, Sansom Milton

Over the past two decades, the Gulf states have emerged as leading humanitarian actors both regionally and globally. This paper charts the evolution of four of the six Gulf states–Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, and Qatar–as humanitarian donors and actors. It analyses the evolving humanitarian sectors of the Gulf states, focussing on trends in humanitarian funding, the increasing centralisation of humanitarian governance, and growing capacities in logistics and operations. It then considers the dynamics of politicisation and securitisation of Gulf state humanitarian donors and the potential of and limits to humanitarian coordination and partnership between Gulf and international humanitarian donors. In sum, the study charts the rise and transformation of the Gulf states from merely funding humanitarian efforts to becoming multifaceted humanitarian actors playing diverse roles in the regional and international humanitarian systems.

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Published in: Third World Quarterly
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
See article on publisher's website: https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2023.2229742

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Open Access funding provided by the Qatar National Library.

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  • English

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Routledge

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  • 2023

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This Item is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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  • Doha Institute for Graduate Studies
  • Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies - DI
  • Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies - DI

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Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

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