If we don’t engage in the long-term perspective we’ll fail to mitigate the worst excesses of new and more complex crises.
There are two other dimensions also. The first is that we have got to stop seeing our responsibility in terms of the trifurcation of prevention, preparedness and response. They should all link. One of the roles the humanitarian sector should take on is far greater attention to prevention. Why if someone is going to be threatened don’t we deal with the threats we can deal with or the threats we can anticipate. There are so many different little boxes in this world of assistance – the development assistance which does not relate to prevention, the prevention assistance which does not relate to the recovery or reconstruction processes and on and on it goes. Very few people – donors, bilaterals, multilaterals, non-governmental organisations – are willing to join together. That’s a deep danger, that anyone who really does care about people who’re vulnerable must be willing to say we must penetrate the boxes and link them horizontally as well as vertically.