Planning considerations of aid agencies for the civil conflict in Iraq in 2015

Alain Vaillancourt, Elvira Kaneberg

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The purpose of this paper is to study how the planning elements of civil society actors contribute to the creation of temporary networks in emergency operation.
Data and method
This research reviews 347 project plans of aid agencies submitted to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. To develop an understanding of planning elements, the research tests for differences between United Nations (UN) and Non-UN actors such as international and local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) for specific planning elements and discuss how they relate to the temporary network of the Iraq crisis in 2015.
The research examines the role of aid agencies in providing resources for a temporary network and identifies that UN actors and Non-UN actors plan to provide different types of knowledge and use different types of link to the community while having similar funding constraints.
Research limitations
The main limitation revolves around the data and the assumptions made to link the data available to the theoretical framework. An additional limitation is the use of the single crisis context of the Iraq civil conflict in the year 2015.
This research expands the understanding of temporary networks of humanitarian organizations. The research highlights the distinction between two important actors in the type of knowledge and partnerships they aim to develop a temporary network.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNOFOMA 2017
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventNOFOMA 2017 - Lund, Sweden
Duration: 8 Jun 20179 Jun 2017


ConferenceNOFOMA 2017


  • emergency planning
  • aid agencies
  • NGOs
  • civil society actors
  • supply chain network


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