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Humanitarian Needs Assessment and Decision-Making

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Putting into practice the humanitarian principle of impartiality – that assistance should be given on the basis of (and in proportion to) need alone – demands both an understanding of what constitutes ‘need’ and a way of measuring it with reasonable consistency. This paper documents the findings of a year-long study into the link between needs assessment and decision-making in the humanitarian sector, which forms part of wider research commissioned by the Montreux group of donors, looking at the current system of international humanitarian financing.

James Darcy and Charles-Antoine Hofmann