Beyond the pandemic – Concept note


August 2020

The purpose of the project is to capture evidence and provide insights into the changes the COVID-19 pandemic is anecdotally forcing on the humanitarian sector and the implications for humanitarian organisations. The COVID-19 pandemic may have a lasting impact on humanitarian action as the potential for organisations to stretch their mandate and/or disregard ethical issues in decision making increases, which could contribute to expanding the gap between needs and resources.

The project will ‘take the temperature’ of the situation, monitoring the impact of COVID-19-related trends and developments on humanitarian action, and exploring the ways in which the sector needs to adapt to this new reality. Using a range of research, both current and historical, HERE will also examine how organisations are leveraging their comparative advantages and organisational strengths at a time when many are seeing a decline in available resources.