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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.

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Purpose of this study: Why effectivess, why now?

Building on the broader contextual realities described in the previous section, this section explores some of the key drivers, challenges, and expectations that shape the debate on humanitarian effectiveness, such as value-for-money, accountability and standards, operational challenges, and the acknowledgment of diverse – and sometimes conflicting – expectations for humanitarian action. This study adds to a debate that has been intensifying in the last several years.The scoping for the study began in 2013, and since then there has been a dramatic increase in discussions on this topic through the World Humanitarian Summit and concurrent processes around the world.

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