Alexandra T. Warner
1 / Introduction
Monitoring has long been acknowledged as being an area that is in need of further attention. In 2003, ALNAP’s Annual Review, ‘Humanitarian action: Improving monitoring to enhance accountability and learning’, identified a number of issues with the practice of monitoring, first and foremost a general lack of clarity on the meaning of the term. Since then, despite consistent recognition of the need for improvement, little significant progress has been achieved (ALNAP, 2010, 2012).
The growing trend of more complex and protracted humanitarian crises places new demands on the cost effectiveness of humanitarian financing. Donor governments have always aimed to achieve as much as possible with their funding, but must now do so in conditions of increasing change and complexity, and often under greater scrutiny.
By John Mitchell on 16 August 2017.
We humanitarians are a self-critical bunch. Independent evaluations, research studies, conferences and popular books on humanitarianism tend to focus on a bewildering array of failures, problems, challenges and frustrations. On the one hand this is a good thing as it shows we are open to changing and improving but, on the other hand, it can create a pervasive feeling of gloom and doom.
On its mission to strengthen humanitarian action through evaluation and learning, ALNAP carried out the following activities.
Researched and published a variety of resources
- More than just luck: Innovation in humanitarian action (April 2016)
- Summary: More than just luck: Innovation in humanitarian action (April 2016)
- Stepping back: Understanding cities and their systems (October 2016)
- Arabic translation, Spanish translation
Within a city, how can humanitarians decide which specific area they will work in? And how can the boundaries of that area be defined?
As humanitarians we spend a lot of time debating what needs to change in our sector and why. But do we look enough at how that change happens?
Humanitarians, willingly or not, usually find themselves surrounded by change in some shape or form. It can come as an unexpected shift that escapes any plans or structure, or it can happen as a planned programme such as Humanitarian Reform, The Transformative Agenda (TA), and now the Grand Bargain.