Back to Basics: Humanitarian Action and Accountability to Affected Populations

Mosneaga, Ana, (2016). Back to Basics: Humanitarian Action and Accountability to Affected Populations. E-International Relations, n/a-n/a

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    Author Mosneaga, Ana
    Title Back to Basics: Humanitarian Action and Accountability to Affected Populations
    Appearing in E-International Relations
    Publication Date 2016-07-11
    Place of Publication Bristol
    Publisher E-International Relations
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    Language eng
    Abstract The debate about reforming the international humanitarian system has centered on financing, institutional restructuring, balance of power between international and local actors, humanitarian principles and access. How to place the affected populations at the centre has been another long-standing topic that featured greatly in the consultations leading up to the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS). Yet, the Summit itself resulted in very little substantive commitments on accountability to affected populations, especially when compared to more concrete outcomes such as the agreement on humanitarian financing known as the “Grand Bargain”. In the current system, accountability to affected people is not seen as a top priority neither by donors, host governments, nor by the humanitarian agencies. The UN agencies have been described to have grown too big and out of touch with realities on the ground and others as too busy with reporting requirements imposed by donors. The bureaucratization of humanitarian work has been identified as a factor that reduces accountability to a technocratic exercise. Improving this situation cannot only be done through technical adjustments. According to the 2015 Humanitarian Accountability Report, this requires a more profound reflection on what effective humanitarian action means to the affected people by all key stakeholders including governments, donors and the humanitarian agencies. So how would it actually look like to place people at the center of humanitarian action?
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    Copyright Year 2016
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