Maliana Serrano examined the interaction between aid interventions and local institutions during the conflict and reconstruction in Angola. Focusing on the governance and provision of basic services as a key area of social assistance, it analyses aid and institutions transform one another and become mutually constitutive, producing both intended and unintended outcomes.
This study consists of a historical ethnography of aid interventions and local institutions, based on the case of Huíla province and on the specific experiences of the two municipalities of Chipindo and Matala. In contexts of conflict, multiple institutional arrangements coexist and compete in addressing local needs, given that legitimate state institutions are often absent. Rather than a clear division between war and post-war contexts, continuities and reordering processes occur between them, both in terms of needs and of aid practices. The thesis concludes that aid interventions despite intentions to strengthen local institutional capacity, often fail to do so and actually contribute to their erosion.
Promotor: Dorothea Hilhorst
Institutional multiplicity in post-conflict reconstructions: The case of a local church in Bunjei, AngolaIn: Disaster, Conflict and Society in Crisis. Everyday politics of crisis response / , HIlhorst, D.. - London and New York : routledge Humanitarian studies (Routledge humanitarian studies 1) - ISBN 9780415640817 - p. 149 - 166.
Strengthening institutions or institutionalising weaknesses? : interactions between aid and institutions in Huíla Province, AngolaWageningen University. Promotor(en): Thea Hilhorst. - [S.l.] - ISBN 9789461731289 - p.
The humanitarian arena in Angola, 1975-2008Disasters 34 (2010)S2. - ISSN 0361-3666 - p. S183 - S201.
Humanitarian aid and local institutions in Angola: strengthening institutions or institutionalising weaknesses?In: Southern Africa: Civil Society, Politics and Donor Strategies : Angola and its neighbours — South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Democratic / , Vidal, N, Chabal, P. - Luanda/Lissabon : Media XXI & Firmamento - ISBN 9789729927096 - p. 63 - 76.