Our recommendations in October:
Real-Time Evaluation of the Humanitarian response in Ukraine
Groupe URD conducted a real-time evaluation of the humanitarian response to the war in Ukraine to draw lessons from the initial response and support subsequent decision-making. Of particular interest are the insight into the various aid networks within Ukrainian society and the recommendations for future decision-making processes.
Policy Coherence for Peace in German Government’s Actions - Lessons from Mali and Niger
A recently published study on the interdepartmental foreign policy action of eight ministries in Mali and Niger concludes that there is no shared understanding of sustainable peace and that German engagement lacks a common political strategy. Here are the results in short and long form.
Are we finally ready to shake up humanitarian financing?
What ideas are there to address the record deficits in humanitarian assistance and the far too small base of relevant donor states? Harpinder Collacott and Pierre Micheletti propose a "global humanitarian fund.”
Safeguarding humanitarian organizations from digital threats
This ICRC blog post discusses digital threats by reflecting on the Organisation’s learnings from the 2022 data breach and applying IHL rules to cyber operations and the information ecosystem. They also hint at their recently-published Resolution on Safeguarding Humanitarian Data.
Registration, Targeting and Deduplication: Emergency Response inside Ukraine
CALP’s paper on the cash emergency response in Ukraine provides interesting insights and useful learnings about one of the largest humanitarian cash responses ever. Considering the quasi-digitalised context in Ukraine, the paper reveals common coordination challenges but also new challenges resulting from a lack of oversight function, digital literacy, and digital accountability as part of the sector’s digital transformation process.
Improving the visibility of local and national actors in humanitarian aid data
Complementing its Global Humanitarian Assistance 2022 Report, development initiatives published a paper on possible ways to improve the visibility of local and national actors in (their) global data. In their Somalia case study they showed how a combination of UN OCHAs 3W and IATI data produces a much more detailed picture on the activities of local and national humanitarian responders. Doing so the study helps to bridge the gap between global and local data and knowledge and improves local and national visibility. It is especially useful for donors aiming to find out about local and national areas of expertise and experiences in country.
Five ways the humanitarian system can become more locally led
This START Network Blog by Abi Jones condenses the results of a stakeholder survey in its five Hubs in DR Congo, Guatemala, India, the Pacific and Pakistan. A locally led humanitarian system should 1) build on highly skilled local actors who make decisions and claim more space; 2) be build on strong coordination and equitable relationships; 3) working alongside affected and host communities; 4) have reliable and flexible funding; 5) understand the local context.
Transitioning to a locally led model — what we’ve learned about systems change in the humanitarian sector
Another START Network Blog by Helen Guyatt identifies purpose, resource flows, power, and relationships as key factors driving system change and shows how the START Network works against these factors to support the change towards more locally led humanitarian action.
Becoming locally led as an anti-racist practice: a guide
A very handy guide by Bond providing a step by step guide on how to become a locally led, anti-racist international organisation.