• Risky business (and what’s next for the Grand Bargain)
    By Ed Schenkenberg van Mierop. As 30-odd political and humanitarian leaders lined up for the photo op to mark the signing of the Grand Bargain at the May 2016 World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, few were openly questioning the US$1billion efficiency programme promised by the High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing a
  • No crystal ball needed – evaluating the COVID-19 response
    By Ed Schenkenberg van Mierop. Sooner or later, governments, UN organisations, NGOs, and others will undertake after-action reviews and evaluations of their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The message will be that they need to learn from this crisis by examining their preparedness, response capacity, and the measures taken. Though this pandemic
  • After COVID-19: Time to reset
    By Ed Schenkenberg van Mierop. COVID-19 is sending shockwaves through our personal lives and the societies in which we live. No country, however developed, however resilient, will emerge unscathed. But the pandemic will also have a lasting impact on the way humanitarian response is delivered. Humanitarian organisations are sounding the alarm,
  • Keep it complex, stupid
    By Ed Schenkenberg van Mierop and Marzia Montemurro. The idea that systems work best if they avoid complexity and typify simplicity is one that most will support. This is also why, since the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, the localisation of aid, the humanitarian-development nexus, and accountability to affected people have
  • HERE’s where we start in 2020
    By Ed Schenkenberg Van Mierop. At the start of this new decade, analysts’ forecasts are understandably drawn towards the implications of climate change, protracted armed conflict, and the clamp down on migration as those that will define the humanitarian agenda for the coming year, if not decade. Undoubtedly, by looking