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World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2017

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This publication highlights major trends in the nature of humanitarian crises, their underlying causes and drivers, and the actors that participate in prevention, response and recovery. Beyond providing statistics, the report uses infographics to display trend analyses that show how the humanitarian landscape is evolving and how the humanitarian system can be more effective. Data in the report come from a variety of sources and partners. The report provides an overview of the humanitarian landscape in terms of funding, capacity, crises and appeals; a 'regional perspectives' section and 'trends, challenges and opportunities' section, which provides a case study on issues that impact humanitarian operations. Highlights for 2017 include new case studies on explosive weapons, humanitarian and development financing in protracted crises, and sexual and reproductive health in emergencies.

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Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability

The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) sets out nine commitments that organizations and individuals can use to improve humanitarian response. The commitments promote principled action based on accountability to affected people. Using the verification framework, organizations document and assess their progress in aligning their practices and policies with the CHS. Self-assessments conducted in 2016 reveal the extent to which humanitarian organizations do or do not fulfil the nine commitments. The commitment with the lowest average score is Commitment 5, which calls for communities and people affected by crisis to have access to safe and responsive complaint mechanisms—a necessary component of accountable humanitarian action. Commitment 5’s self-assessment score of 2.1 means that the practices of organizations are occasionally in accordance with the standard recommended by the CHS. Self-reporting shows that organizations are only ‘compliant’ with Commitment 6: humanitarian response is coordinated and complementary. These scores provide insight into the key areas where more efforts are needed to make humanitarian response accountable to communities and people affected by crisis.

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