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Humanitarian funding should be based on needs
Despite high level donor commitments to the humanitarian principles, global humanitarian funding continues to favour politically strategic countries over neglected or protracted crises. A new report by the Norwegian Refugee Council and Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute looks beyond the rhetoric and makes concrete recommendations to make humanitarian funding more principled and effective.
Sarah Collinson, Samir Elhawary and Robert Muggah
HPG Working Paper
The international policy context and circumstances of humanitarian action have seen some significant changes over the past decade. Relief and development agencies are operating in an increasingly diverse array of war-affected and difficult contexts, while donor government policy has evolved, reflecting a growing preoccupation with so-called weak and fragile states.
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- Political and military interests have tended to override humanitarian considerations in the emergency response to the crisis in Pakistan occasioned by government offensives against the Taliban. This is likely to become an even greater issue as people return home and recovery and efforts to promote stability get underway.
- The international response to the displacement crisis has been slow and lacking in influence, and has failed to adequately meet the needs of people outside of displacement camps.
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HPG Policy Brief 34 - April 2009.
HPG Working Paper
Pakistan is a particularly relevant case study for the research into the role of the affected state in humanitarian action. It has suffered from two major natural disasters within the last two years. The Government of Pakistan has played a very active role in the response to both disasters, as has the international humanitarian community. What is interesting is how the approach taken by both sets of actors has differed considerably between the two disasters, which has had a significant impact on the subsequent outcomes.