With the growing focus on effectiveness and accountability in humanitarian operations, expectations for feedback mechanisms are unrealistically high. Contemporary wisdom demands that they both provide insight on the perceptions of people affected by humanitarian disasters and create the impetus for follow-up action.
As Nepal pursues the long, slow recovery from the April earthquake, the latest survey of communities across the 14 worst hit districts indicates that people see progress on some of the key elements of the response.
This week’s global consultation on the World Humanitarian Summit looks like it will be long on calls for commitment to reform and short on agreement about how to make it happen.
The place of telephone helplines in the humanitarian accountability toolbox goes back to the first HAP standard in 2007.
Widespread strikes and closures across Nepal delayed data collection for our second survey of people affected by the April earthquake.
The CHS Alliance has launched its first major publication. Bringing together 13 humanitarian practitioners and thinkers to discuss challenges to greater humanitarian effectiveness,
By storming the barricades at Budapest’s Keleti station and setting out on foot for the Austrian border, Syrian refugees rejected an international refugee system that provides them neither protection nor hope for the future.
When, in 2008, the United Nations General Assembly designated August 19 as World Humanitarian Day, the aim was to honor humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes.
Three months on from the earthquake in Nepal, feedback from communities across the most seriously hit districts gives a disturbing picture of unmet needs,
Something worth pushing in preparations for next year’s World Humanitarian Summit is a shift from the current ad hoc approach to designing accountability systems in emergencies to a standard whole-of-program model that spells out what needs to be done and provides a robust delivery vehicle.