Saving lives today and tomorrow

Managing the risk of humanitarian crises

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The premise of this report is that most humanitarian crises are to some extent predictable and preventable. With new and old risks increasing the pressure on the international humanitarian system, it looks at ways in which the system can be improved and transformed to better anticipate, prevent and manage crises.



Risks and consequences

This chapter outlines some basic concepts related to risk. It explores the challenges facing people vulnerable to crisis in today’s world, how those risks can converge to cause humanitarian crises, and the perspectives of humanitarian practitioners on risks. It also describes the risk landscape in case studies for Burkina Faso, Central Asia, Indonesia and Southern Africa.


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