The futures package initiative in the first instance will include a review of the work that HFP has done to date with a wide range of humanitarian actors to identify possible changes in the ways that they think about or understand and are preparing for the types of crises that will have to be faced in the future. This will be done principally from an institutional transformation perspective.
The new Government of Australia will soon join the ranks of a number of Western governments that have in various ways brought humanitarian as well as development assistance more closely aligned with the political dimensions of foreign policy. Canada is another recent case in point, and the US Government’s Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) has clearly linked US aid to what it describes as a blueprint for elevating American ‘civilian power’ to better advance our national interests and to be a better partner to the U.S. military. Other governments including Denmark, Norway and Sweden have at least ‘sheltered’ their aid sections within foreign policy establishments.
There remains tremendous potential for science and technology to better support community resilience building. Unlocking this potential is dependent on strengthening the exchange of knowledge or 'dialogue' between those with scientific and technological risk, directly affected people and those bodies which seek to support them, and HFP efforts have been focused on developing understanding regarding those approaches and frameworks which can best support this process.
Facilitating Enhanced Organisational Responsiveness for Effective West African Risk Reduction: The West Africa region is vulnerable to a range of actual, emerging and potential threats. Over the coming decades, the complexities, interrelationships and dimensions of those threats will require an approach for anticipating and responding to crises that is significantly different from that of the present.
The European Interagency Security Forum (EISF) and HFP report serves to inform strategic policy priorities and approaches and thereby help EISF members and others to integrate thinking on these issues into their risk management strategies and operational security plans.
Humanitarian crises, emergency preparedness and response: the role of business and the private sector - Indonesia case study
This paper addresses the role of the private sector in humanitarian action in Indonesia and broad patters of engagement between the humanitarian and the private sectors and has identified some promising examples of the private sector engaging in humanitarian action as part of its core business in Indonesia.
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