Making aid work for people in crises
John Mitchell @ALNAP – Director of ALNAP (Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance), ODI
Volker Huls – Global Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor, Danish Refugee Council
Shashwat Saraf @shashwatsaraf – Nigeria Country Director, ACF Action Against Hunger
Sophia Swithern @sophiaswithern – Independent Consultant
Ombretta Baggio @ombaggio – Senior Advisor on Community Engagement and Accountability, International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC)
Stories of irrelevant aid regularly arise in humanitarian assistance. People affected by disasters or crises receive food they cannot eat, services they do not want or technologies they cannot use. If they are not getting what they really need, something is going wrong.
Relevance is central to humanitarian principles and standards, however putting it into practice is profoundly difficult and potentially disruptive. Realigning the humanitarian offer with the priorities of affected people opens unique opportunities in identifying dynamic needs, being culturally and contextually relevant and delivering on time and at scale.
On the back of ALNAP’s 32nd Annual Meeting, we explore how those working in humanitarian policy and implementation are tackling these themes and the challenges faced in doing so.