This project built humanitarian capacity for anticipation, adaptivity, innovation and collaboration to prepare organisations for the future. It has three core objectives: i) to identify ways to enhance the strategic and anticipatory capacities of participant-contributor organisations (eg USAID); ii) to establish guidelines to strengthen collective collaboration and knowledge exchange among global humanitarian actors; […]
A joint study on corporate engagement in humanitarian prevention, preparedness and response; it resulted in conferences and discussion fora with the corporate sector and humanitarian agencies.
The principal objective of the project was to identify a core number of critical humanitarian crisis drivers, which would help guide humanitarian actors’ strategies of crisis prevention, preparedness and response. This report explores how a better understanding of crisis drivers is dependent on a better understanding of complex systems and how they respond to internal […]
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) […]
The humanitarian community has tended to see the private sector principally as a source of goods, services, philanthropy and periodic ‘corporate social responsibility’ (CSR) initiatives. While one cannot deny the importance of these types of activities for the humanitarian sector, a more comprehensive understanding of the humanitarian-private sector interface must consider businesses’ broader role in […]
Bit-coin technology, parallel existences, telemedicine and instant trillion-bites-based correlations may all change virtually every aspect of urban and rural settlements. The speed of change is accelerating, and the impact on the ways that people live their lives and meet their needs will be part of these transformations. And, for the humanitarian sector, what sorts of […]
When a crisis hits, the main thing we hear about is what the international community is doing to help. But how about what the people from the affected country are doing? If you are affected by crisis, often the first, most visible, lifesaving and sometimes only response you will see is from people and organisations […]
Conventional humanitarian agencies responding to crises such as the Pakistani floods, are going to have to deal with influential and popular “non-state actors” such as Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the hardline Islamist organisation thought to be a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which has incredible capacity to provide efficient relief for those affected by disaster.
This poses a tremendous dilemma […]
Since the Haitian earthquake occurred as the latest major international disaster to attract wide global attention and a huge outpouring of sympathy, assistance and resources. But all too typically, now that the critical search and rescue of trapped survivors has ceased, and the dramatic news coverage has abated, a much more protracted and possibly more […]