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The UNHCR and World PoliticsA Perilous Path$
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Gil Loescher

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199246915

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199246912.001.0001

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‘The Good Offices’ and Expansion into Africa Under Felix Schnyder

‘The Good Offices’ and Expansion into Africa Under Felix Schnyder

(p.105) 5 ‘The Good Offices’ and Expansion into Africa Under Felix Schnyder
The UNHCR and World Politics

Gil Loescher (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The 1960s brought fundamental changes to the UN system of refugee assistance and protection. The developing world replaced Europe as the central focus of the UNHCR's world. The expansion of the UNHCR under the third High Commissioner, Felix Schnyder, coincided with the decolonization and the ensuing emergence of newly independent states in Africa and Asia. Using his ‘good offices’, Schnyder undertook a de facto expansion of the UNHCR's refugee definition and through the development of rural settlement schemes and ‘zonal’ development, progressively increased the range of the services UNHCR provided both to refugees and to host governments.

Keywords:   Africa, Asia, decolonization, developing countries, good offices, host governments, refugee definition, rural settlement schemes, Felix Schnyder, zonal development

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