Humanitarian Action, Bucking the System, Trends Toward New Approach

Dr. Catherine Bragg (adjunct professor at the CHA) has recently had an article published on the Global Observatory, an online platform of the International Peace Institute.

“Does the fundamental construct of humanitarian action need to change from providing aid to facilitating people’s access to help? The responses to the Syrian crisis and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines point to three humanitarian trends heading in that direction: the changing role of governments beyond requesting international assistance; the increasing use of cash and technology, giving rise to the phenomenon of “enabled self-help”; and the increasing significance of parties whose core mandate, or interest, is not aid. These trends indicate that real improvement to humanitarian effectiveness cannot be achieved by relying on one dominant international system, or one that is organized primarily for aid distribution…” 

The full article is available here.