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A food distribution programme in Turkana, Kenya, is showing that principles applied in development work can be equally well applied during a relief operation. The principles in this case are, firstly, active involvement of women, who provide food for their families. Women are elected as relief committee elders alongside men. Secondly, the different social roles of men and women are respected. Thirdly, the food programme is partly decentralised and flexible, in order to strengthen the pastoral economy. In addition to this development-in-emergency approach, the committee elders are gaining a self-awareness that could potentially be used in future advocacy for long term development.

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