Foreign aid and conflict
The effect of humanitarian and development interventions in conflict zones has recently become subject of intense debate. Badly managed or uncoordinated assistance may have a negative influence on relations between social groups, exacerbate animosities and violence, induce protracted hostilities and undermine local capacities (Anderson 1999). The recent tsunami has been followed by an unprecedented level of international solidarity and ow of resources into Sri Lanka. My ongoing research aims to highlight the effect of post-tsunami rehabilitation interventions on existing socio-economic structures and power relationships, with a focus on both the positive and negative consequences of these processes for transition from war to peace. It will more specifically study the case of stakeholders and institutions related to the fishing trade, as this sector is characterised by complex economic relations and conflicting fishery rights.