05/2020: No crystal ball needed – evaluating the COVID-19 response

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 is entirely new, it is highlighting existing issues raised by previous evaluations. It follows that the lessons of COVID-19 evaluations are predictable. And these lessons need not be learnt in several months but can be understood right now… READ IN FULL

03/2020: After COVID-19: Time to reset

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. READ IN FULL 

02/2020: Keep it complex, stupid

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 become panaceas for all the ills of humanitarian response. They are concepts that many will understand as remedying humanitarian action over the long term and in a transformative and sustainable way… READ IN FULL

01/2020: HERE’s where we start in 2020
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 the issues that will define the humanitarian agenda for the coming year, if not decade. Undoubtedly, by looking at the gap between policy and humanitarian practice, HERE will be addressing these urgent concerns as well. We will, however, not lose sight of those core issues we defined earlier as foundational for humanitarian action. In defining the agenda for the year, here are the five basic ambitions essential to all humanitarian performance… READ IN FULL