Beyond assumptions: How humanitarians make operational decisions (Dhaka presentation)

from ALNAP
Registration deadline: 27 Nov 2019 Training date: 28 Nov 2019 More Information

The ability to make good decisions, particularly under difficult circumstances, is fundamental to effective humanitarian response. Despite receiving frequent critique in humanitarian evaluations, there has been relatively little academic study on decision-making in humanitarian response. A new study from the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP), due to be launched mid-November, explores the nature of humanitarian contexts, the different types of decisions that they require, and the most suitable approaches to making these decisions at the country or field level. It seeks to identify concrete recommendations for humanitarian organisations and individual decision-makers.

The study's lead author, Leah Campbell, will deliver a launch presentation of this new research, which will take place on Thursday 28th November. Leah will be joined by two decisionmakers who took part in the study, submitting their decisions through an app-based diary. They will share their reflections, and then the floor will open for Q&A. The presentation event is open to anyone working on or interested in humanitarian response, and will be of particular interest for those in decision-making and leadership roles.

There is also the opportunity to apply to take part in a longer two-hour interactive training module facilitated by Leah directly following the session. This session is designed specifically for those currently in operational decision-making roles within a humanitarian response (country directors, heads of unit, etc) so if you fit this profile and you are interested in attending, please do indicate this.