Today’s crises are increasingly complex and the number of people in need worldwide is rising as a consequence of man-made and natural disasters.
The EU is focusing on finding a response to these crises and the humanitariandevelopment nexus is seen as the tool for reinforcing the links between the two sectors, increasing the complementarity of their actions in order to address the root causes of the crises and reduce needs. But what are the challenges and the opportunities of this approach? We have asked our NGO members to contribute to the debate on this important topic.
2015 and 2016 have been landmark years in the development or renewal of global commitments relative to humanitarian aid, development and disaster risk reduction. After extensive consultation and negotiation processes, international consensus was reached in the form of frameworks for sustainable development (SDGs), disaster risk reduction (Sendai Framework), climate change mitigation (Paris Agreement) etc.
As VOICE celebrates its 25th birthday, and we mark the first anniversary of the World Humanitarian Summit, VOICE has invited members and others to contribute on some of the key themes shaping humanitarian action. With contributions from members in Sweden, France, Spain, UK, Belgium as well as reflections from Nepal, the Central African Republic and the peacebuilding community, this edition of the VOICE out loud continues to celebrate the diversity of the network as well as its members’ field experience and expertise.
In May of this year, governments, NGOs and international agencies came together at the World Humanitarian Summit to discuss the future of humanitarian aid worldwide. Also present, and involved in the process leading up to the Summit particularly around funding, were representatives from the private sector.
2015 was the year that put refugees and the movement of people back on the global and European agenda. Europe saw the biggest refugee flow since World War Two, many crossing over from Turkey into Greece. They flee from ongoing armed conflicts and mass killings in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan and South Sudan. So long as these conflicts are not resolved there is no end in sight to the refugee flow. Following border closures throughout Europe, increasing numbers of refugees are finding themselves stuck in Greece, which is under pressure to cope.