Our recommendations for reading, listening and watching.
The impact of the war in Ukraine on food security in fragile contexts
A brief overview by KUNO on the world food crisis caused by the Ukraine war and what this means for humanitarian and development organisations in four scenarios.
UK's strategy for international development
The British Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) has published a new strategy for international cooperation, criticised as a "double whammy to the world's poor" (Guardian) because it prioritises Britain's economic and geopolitical goals and does not adequately explain how "aid for trade" will benefit the most vulnerable. According to the BBC, this also means a 25% cut in funding for multilateral organisations by 2025.
How Do Humanitarian Donors Make Decisions, and What Is the Scope for Change?
According to which criteria do donor states allocate humanitarian aid funds and what room for maneuvering do they have in doing so? An analysis by Worden and Saez (2021) examines the allocation of funds by humanitarian donors.
What might future international engagement in Afghanistan look like? Hakimi and Price (2022) develop four scenarios for international assistance in the coming years. Rose and Pisa (2022) explore options for financial cooperation beyond humanitarian action.
How the war in Yemen exacerbates discrimination against people with disabilities - a comprehensive investigation with concrete recommendations by Handicap International.
Relief Chief – A Manifesto for Saving Lives in Dire Times
After four years as Emergency Response Coordinator, Mark Lowcock has published a book on his time as the United Nations' highest-ranking humanitarian official, combining memoir and reflection, personal insights, and a call for reform.
SDG Report 2022
If you haven't taken a look yet, the latest report on the status of the UN Sustainable Development Goals was published at the beginning of June.
Inter-agency Toolkit on Localisation
A toolkit from Global Child Protection Area of Responsibility (Global CP AoR), Save the Children, and Street Child UK for active inter-agency humanitarian coordinators, co-leads, and partners who want to strengthen the participation and leadership of local and national actors in the various coordination mechanisms. It includes concrete suggestions for all stakeholder groups from local/national partners, cluster leadership staff, and humanitarian country teams to cluster members and shows what each group can do in concrete terms to strengthen local and national actors.
Grand Bargain Self-Reports
What is the status of the Grand Bargain? If you want to know exactly, you should take a look at the countries' self-disclosures.
Dangerous Delay 2
A critical analysis of the humanitarian system by Save the Children comparing the humanitarian response in relation to the droughts in 2011, 2017, and today. It concludes that national and global action has largely remained too slow and too limited to prevent a repeat of a disaster like 2011 today.
Has menstrual activism lost sight of the bigger picture?
In this article, Sushmita Pathak explains why focusing only on the hygiene aspect of menstruation can be problematic.
Women on the brink
Azadeh Moaveni reports from the Polish border and gives voice to people who are fleeing and to those trying to help.
Atlas on civil society wiht a focus on digitalisation
Brot für die Welt's atlas looks at digitalisation from different angles and highlights both the opportunities and risks for our civil society worldwide. The tension between hope and control underlines how necessary it is to have a broad basic understanding of digitalisation and data use in order to be able to reduce risks and use opportunities. [German]
Data sharing between humanitarian organisations and donors
It’s interesting to read that most of our actions are influenced by trust and power dynamics, including technical aspects like data sharing. A dialogue about the type of data that humanitarian organisations collect, manage and share about affected people is more crucial than ever to support better understanding, increase data literacy, create trust, and, most importantly, protect affected people by doing no digital harm.