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.
The types, dimensions and dynamics of humanitarian crises are dramatically increasing – in some instances, exponentially. Capacities needed to prevent, prepare for and respond to such crises go well beyond the humanitarian sector as presently configured, and require a much wider range of competencies and capacities as well as human and financial resources than normally used by humanitarian actors. Bringing together international representatives from the military, the humanitarian sector, governments and the private sector through a series of thematic focus groups, key informant interviews, a 1 ½ day scenario exercise, and end of project workshop, the project will develop the knowledge base on the current and potential use of military capacities for humanitarian crisis prevention/risk reduction, preparedness and response.
The Urban Futures Project is a case study of the processes and methodologies that Save the Children International’s (SCI) Humanitarian Affairs Unit (HAU) can adopt to support a more futures-oriented strategy and operational approach across the organisation. This is the final report from the project.
The Urban Futures Project is a case study of the processes and methodologies that Save the Children International’s (SCI) Humanitarian Affairs Unit (HAU) can adopt to support a more futures-oriented strategy and operational approach across the organisation. This is the executive summary of the final report from the project.
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