Title

Getting a Sharper View of the Humanitarian Marketplace: Introducing Conduit Engagement Theory

Department

School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2018

Embargo Period

12-11-2018

Abstract

There are differing views on the strengths and weaknesses of faith-based organizations relative to secular international nongovernmental organizations. This article argues that the theory of comparative advantage and the theory of organizational alignment are inadequate in helping to assess these strengths and weaknesses. The article offers a different perspective, called conduit engagement theory. It holds that humanitarian organizations naturally have specific relationships, organizational linkages, affiliations, or shared philosophies (referred to in the article as conduits) that enable certain programmatic interventions. Maximum effectiveness within the humanitarian marketplace is a function of the robustness of engagement of conduits with high-priority initiatives that have adequate funding over the necessary length of time. A new kind of tool for strategic planning within specific countries and for auditing at an organizational level are proposed.

Journal

Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations

Journal ISSN

1942-6720

Volume

24

Issue

4

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

doi.org/10.1163/19426720-02404004

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