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This Working Paper reproduces articles and essays which first appeared in the quarterly journal Development in Practice. The first part features contributions from scholars, agency representatives, practitioners, and policy-makers on the ethical and legal dimensions of humanitarian endeavour. The second part comprises a collection of original essays which were commissioned from some of the practitioners in the field of development and conflict who attended the 1996 Symposium entitled Building Bridges in Southern Africa: Conflict, Reconstruction, and Reconciliation in Times of Change, which was co-sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) and Oxfam GB’s South Africa Office. The two sections address conflict-related themes from a range of perspectives, and together paint an informative picture of the moral and practical complexities of crisis and intervention.

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