Internally Displaced Persons Between Nonprofits and Government: Comparing Two Israeli Wars

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Abstract: Internally displaced persons (IDPs) crises provide a dramatic backdrop to government–nonprofit relations, as they tend to engage variegated actors at local, national, and international levels. Such crises reveal the composition, forms of engagement, roles, and relationships of the actors involved. The comparison of two crises along Israeli history, separated by years of changing welfare systems and social and political contexts, is an exceptional opportunity to examine government–nonprofit relations over time, and assess the impact of this relationship on IDP crisis management. This article compares two separate studies of IDP response, one in the Israeli War of Independence and one in the Second Lebanon War. The differences are analysed using models of government–nonprofit relations, and reflect the dynamic nature and complexity of these relations in IDP crises. Some conclusions concerning IDP crisis management are suggested.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)273-293
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Civil Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - 26 Jul 2014


  • Internally displaced persons
  • Israel
  • government
  • nonprofit organizations
  • war

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


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