The Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP), established in 1997, currently draws its members from donors, NGOs, the Red Cross/Crescent, the UN, independents and academics. ALNAP is “dedicated to improving the quality and accountability of humanitarian action, by sharing lessons, identifying common problems and, where appropriate, building consensus on approaches”. Its 26th annual conference, which I recently attended, focused on the role of national government in the international humanitarian response to disasters. In addition to its usual members, the conference brought together representatives from 17 national governments to discuss this important topic.
I’ve already posted some of my thoughts on the conference here. In addition to these, other interesting topics included the development of partnerships beyond the humanitarian system. Guidelines have been developed for foreign militaries operating in disaster affected countries during times of crises, through the Asia Pacific Conference on Military Assistance in Disaster Related Operations. A coming together of the humanitarian and private sectors was highlighted in the combined work of Mercy Malaysia and Pricewaterhouse Cooper (PWC) one that builds on the strength of each organisation to enable a more effective response. PWC helps Mercy Malaysia to improve their organisational systems and develop their strategy, while Mercy Malaysia is helping PWC decide how to assist after a disaster and develop their Corporate Social Responsibility. The next steps following the conference are here.