Would you like to better understand the context you’re operating in, but aren’t sure where to start?
‘What’s Missing? Adding Context to the Urban Response Toolbox’ is a new study from ALNAP, part of a broader research initiative exploring how humanitarian response can be more effective in complex urban areas. This resources sets out 8 simple steps, on how you can begin using context tools in humanitarian response, by drawing key findings from the study.
Recognition of the need for humanitarian response to be ‘context relevant’ has been increasing. It comes up in discussions on coordination, accountability, localisation, and effectiveness and is now broadly accepted as something humanitarian response should be striving towards. Despite this awareness, there is little clarity about what context relevance looks like or how to achieve it.
In order to explore whether ‘context tools’ can help improve humanitarians’ ability to think and act more effectively in urban environments, this paper asks the following questions:
Médecins Sans Frontièr
Section 1: Introduction
1.1 The purpose of the literature review
Decision-making lies at the heart of effective humanitarian action. During a response, humanitarian staff are required to make a stream of decisions: whether, when and how to intervene; how to address technical, logistical, political and security constraints; and when and how to cease operations.
by Leah Campbell
1. Summary and Aims
Following the publication of the 2015 SOHS report this inception report sets out the goals and scope of research for the 2018 edition and details its methodological approach. It incorporates the findings from a conference set up to review the methodologies used in the 2015 edition, as well as other lessons learned from previous after-action reviews.
Author(s) Knox Clarke, P.
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.
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
Por qué es importante la evaluación
L’élaboration du Guide ALNAP d’EAH
L’élaboration du Guide ALNAP de l’évaluation de l’action humanitaire s’est appuyée sur de vastes recherches et consultations. Ce Guide a été :
• Conçu à partir de supports de formation commandités par ALNAP en 2001.
Ces documents ont été testés, mis à jour et adaptés de nombreuses fois au fil des années.
• Rédigé en consultation avec un groupe consultatif qui représentait les parties prenantes de l’évaluation pour l’ensemble du secteur.
This is an independent evaluation of the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), from the Fund’s launch in 2011 until December 2016. Its object is the HIF’s global performance, process, and strategy. Its purpose is to provide accountability to stakeholders by delivering an independent assessment of the HIF’s effectiveness; support learning about how the HIF’s processes support or hinder effectiveness; and contribute to strategy development.
ALNAP’s work on urban humanitarian response began in 2012 with a range of activities that promote the exchange of learning around urban crises, including the Urban Humanitarian Response Portal, a community of practice and webinar series. In 2015, ALNAP also started research into urban humanitarian response, exploring how humanitarians could respond more effectively in complex, interconnected urban environments.