A crisis of confidence has engulfed the humanitarian aid sector since revelations earlier this year of international staff in Haiti hiring sex workers after the 2010 earthquake.
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With the debate grinding on about how to give local and national humanitarian actors more funding and a bigger role, we wanted to discover what’s working and what’s not in their relations with the international intermediary organisations that provide them funds and marching orders.
Cash transfers and community participation are often twinned as the load bearing pillars of humanitarian reform. But is cash the participation driver it is cracked up to be? Progress towards the Participation Revolution, a goal of the Grand Bargain struck at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, is modest.
The Oxfam scandal over allegations of sexual exploitation by its staff in Haiti demonstrates the importance of listening to how people hit by crisis view aid and those who provide it. But is the sector doing enough to allow truly independent feedback?
We surveyed more than 4,000 refugees and migrants in Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, as well as Austria. Now would be a good time to learn from such feedback and address frustrations before they fester.
The World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 deliberately avoided hard talk of systemic reform; instead, we got incrementalism, with innovation one of the drivers of change.
Amid some positive signs, serious shortcomings remain throughout the humanitarian system as it strives to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and... View Article
The potentially positive effects of Cash-Transfer Programming have been demonstrated many times over. But how does the humanitarian ‘cash revolution’... View Article
At the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016, OECD donors and humanitarian actors made a series of commitments to increase... View Article
At the World Humanitarian Summit last May, ‘A’ list Hollywood stars—Daniel Craig and Sean Penn—outnumbered ‘A’ list western politicians—Angela Merkel—by... View Article