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What’s stopping change in the humanitarian system?

Time (GMT +01) 15:30 17:00

What’s stopping change in the humanitarian system?


Eva Svoboda - Research Fellow, Humanitarian Policy Group, ODI


Julia Steets - Director, Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) 

Guclu Cem Isik - Deputy Chief of Mission, Turkish Embassy in London

Amaf Yousef - Refugee Support Coordinator, Rethink Rebuild Society and Representative of Syrian Charities and Networks UK

Jane Cocking - Independent consultant and former Humanitarian Director, Oxfam GB

Patrick Saez - Head, Humanitarian Partnerships, UK Department for International Development

Barnaby Willitts-King - Research Fellow, Humanitarian Policy Group, ODI


The humanitarian system is stubbornly resistant to change, and decades of continual commitments to increase effectiveness and efficiency have had little effect.

At the heart of the issue are underlying institutional and political barriers to making humanitarian action more accountable and coherent.

This event launches ‘The drivers and inhibitors of change in the humanitarian system’ by the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi). The study explores the political economy of the humanitarian system, highlighting how self-interests of important humanitarian stakeholders can obstruct meaningful change.

Bringing together representatives from humanitarian organisations, donors, crisis-affected governments and aid recipients, the panel explores:

  • Is the humanitarian system broke or broken?
  • Is there a need for greater coherence and consolidation in the humanitarian landscape?
  • Are donors currently doing enough to promote necessary changes?
  • What did the World Humanitarian Summit deliver in terms of realistic strategies, commitments and actions for change?
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