Key trends in humanitarian financing


What do they mean for future resourcing to address crises, risk and vulnerability?

Findings from the 2015 Global Humanitarian Assistance Report

Date: 6 July 2015

Time: 12:30 – 14:30 BST

Venue: Arundel House, London, WC2R 3DX and streamed online

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Now is a critical time for financing within and beyond the humanitarian system to address crisis, vulnerability and risk. An extraordinary level of crises continues to test international, national and local capacity to prevent, prepare and respond.

Although international humanitarian assistance once again reached record levels in 2014, it was still not enough to fully meet needs, with the responses to the Ebola virus outbreak and the South Sudan and Iraq conflicts adding to the scale of high level and ongoing crises elsewhere, and to the previous record levels of response prompted by the Syria crisis.

At the same time, humanitarian assistance is being called on to cover a wide scope of action from preparedness to recovery – when other kinds of resources are needed at scale. Innovations in financing and global processes taking place during 2015 and 2016 – from the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk. Reduction to the Financing for Development process and the World Humanitarian Summit – offer particularly important opportunities to shape global strategies across the development and humanitarian spheres for years to come.

Providing an evidence base for the search for solutions to these challenges of resourcing humanitarian action, the Global Humanitarian Assistant (GHA) Report 2015 will be launched online on Thursday 18 June. The report uses unique methodologies and analysis to provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date overview of global humanitarian financing available to date.

So what are the current trends in financing to crisis-affected countries? What are the implications of these trends for future humanitarian financing and how do they impact the global processes taking place in 2015 and 2016? What can be done to address the challenge of meeting rising requirements with limited resources? What do the financing trends mean for the quality, as well as the quantity, of resourcing, and for the transformation of the ‘system’ as it stands?

Join our panel event on July 6 2015 (12:30 – 14:30 BST) to explore these questions.

Key note speaker:

Kristalina Georgieva, Vice President of Budget and Human Resources, European Commission (via video link)

Chair:

Mike Wooldridge, World Affairs Correspondent, BBC News/Trustee BBC Action Service

Panellists:

Sophia Swithern, GHA Programme Leader, Development Initiatives

Dylan Winder, Head of Humanitarian Response, UK Department for International Development

Ben Ramalingam, Research Associate at the ODI, Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Chair of the Humanitarian Innovation Fund

Sandra Aviles, Senior Advisor, Development and Humanitarian Affairs at FAO/IASC Humanitarian Financing Task Team/Future Humanitarian Financing (FHF)

Jehangir Malik, Director of Islamic Relief UK

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