Leaving No One Behind

Humanitarian Effectiveness in the Age of the Sustainable Development Goals

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This study explores elements critical to effective humanitarian assistance and protection. It details global trends that shape humanitarian needs, risks and response expectations. It situates the study in the context of concurrent global agendas and recent trends in the dialogue on humanitarian effectiveness. The findings are organized around 12 elements of effectiveness. It concludes with five overarching shifts in mindset and approach that will contribute to strengthening humanitarian effectiveness as well as advancing areas of shared interests with other major change areas such as sustainable development, peacebuilding, climate change and gender equality. The study puts forward a model that can be used to chart progress in advancing humanitarian effectiveness over time.



Research approach

In addition to a detailed literature review, the study used a mix of methods for data collection, including key informant interviews, six country visits by OCHA and CDA Collaborative Learning Projects, a global survey by OCHA, and global and regional consultations led by OCHA and other actors.


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