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Disasters. 2013 Jul;37(3):420-41. doi: 10.1111/disa.12008. Epub 2013 Apr 18.

Transitional coordination in Sudan (2006-08): lessons from the United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office.

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Chief of the Coordination Unit, Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Jerusalem.

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With the increase in internal conflicts following the end of the Cold War, the scale and scope of the United Nations' work in conflict and post-conflict environments grew markedly. As a result, the coordination of programming and policy in the transition from relief to recovery has been a central preoccupation of academics and practitioners alike. Intergovernmental bodies such as the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) have made these topics a subject of regular discussion, while some countries have altered their bureaucratic structures to respond more effectively in post-crisis settings, particularly in cases involving the deployment of national troops. The United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office in Sudan provides a model for other transitional countries and is a useful case study of the broader challenges of post-crisis programming. Effective coordination structures and planning/programming processes are identified as interdependent prerequisites for ensuring a successful transition from relief to recovery.

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