One For All and All For One: Intra-Organizational Dynamics in Humanitarian Action

from Tufts University
Published on 01 Apr 2009
A significant proportion of humanitarian assistance is now delivered by NGOs which have (in effect) become federated transnational organizations, alliances of members from different countries, all seeking to provide assistance in times of crisis. This report describes research carried out to better understand how these transnational bodies organize their membership, delivery structure, and accountability systems in times of crisis.

This report is the result of a study commissioned by Oxfam America. We examined the field response systems and structures of six NGOs to understand how they function during emergencies. A description of the organizations is included in the report. We identify six key learning points that are important for multi-member organizations operating in emergency contexts.