05 July 2012

Focus on Humanitarian Assistance

The first State of the Humanitarian System report was launched yesterday.  Here is part of the blurb:
This report presents a system-level mapping and analysis of the performance of international humanitarian assistance. The pilot report on the State of the Humanitarian System (SOHS) was published in 2010 and focused on the years 2007 and 2008. This report includes descriptive statistics from the following two years, 2009 and 2010, and reviews performance assessments from 2009 to the end of 2011, comparing findings from the two periods. The ‘international humanitarian system’ is defined here as the network of national and international provider agencies, donors and host-government authorities that are functionally connected to each other in the humanitarian endeavour and that share common overarching goals, norms and principles. The system also includes actors that do not have humanitarian assistance as their central mission but play important humanitarian roles, such as military and private-sector entities.

Other items relating to humanitarian assistance include: 

Annual Report 2011 (ICRC, June 2012) [access]

Are They Listening? Aid and Humanitarian Accountability (IRIN, July 2012) [access]
- New In-Depth report on aid policy.

The SG’s Report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict: A Humanitarian Perspective (International Peace Institute, June 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Talking to the Other Side: Humanitarian Engagement with Armed Non-state Actors, HPG Policy Briefs, no. 47 (ODI, June 2012) [text]

Request for input:

Wide stakeholder survey on the value of the Humanitarian Response Index (DARA) [access]
- "...[W]e are launching a wide stakeholder consultation with key partners to rethink the best way to improve the effectiveness and impact of humanitarian action. We would accordingly welcome your views on the value and utility of the HRI to date and how it can become a more effective tool for a systemic improvement."

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