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.



How do we get there?

The study describes five overarching shifts in mind-set and practice that will contribute to more effectively meeting needs in crisis and to moving people out of crisis. They are not presented in a prescriptive manner, but rather, they are meant to signal a new direction. Many of the shifts are aimed at reducing vulnerability and paving the way towards more sustainable solutions, serving as a bridge to the Sustainable Development Agenda and other major change agendas in areas such as peace operations, climate change, and gender equality. Emerging from the findings, the proposed shifts call for action by international humanitarian actors as well as donors, governments, national and local actors, and others contributing to humanitarian action such as private sector actors, militaries, and diaspora communities.


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