As part of ongoing attempts to reform the global humanitarian system, policymakers are drawing attention to the social dimensions of aid delivery, especially to how the nature of relations between donors, host governments, and recipients shape the dynamics of humanitarian action. A substantial portion of such emerging discussion has focused on the issue of trust which many consider as an indispensable component of humanitarian relations. It is believed that humanitarian action is more permissible, effective, and lasting if interactions between host governments, beneficiary populations, and NGOs are based on trust. However, these discussions have left several major questions unanswered. What exactly trust is, why it is necessary for humanitarian action, and how it shapes and gets shaped by ..