How Humanitarian Organizations Navigate New Global Realities in the 21st Century.

The Pandemic has become the crisis within crisis for humanitarian aid organizations in 2020.

Rhonda Gossen (third from right) shares an Afghan meal with staff at CIDA’s office in Kandahar.

We are witnessing an acceleration of the breaking down of siloes between actors in development, humanitarian assistance and peacebuilding to ensure a focus on collective outcomes through greater coherence between operations but with each contributing unique skill sets.

Operating on the ideal of universal participation and the concept of ownership of individuals and over their own aid programs and solutions is a long-standing principle that’s been in the international development field for a long time but it’s still very relevant today and applicable to a humanitarian crisis.

A third successive year of flooding in Sindh Province, Pakistan. Credit: Amjad Jamal/World Food Programme

Social change is not a project that one group of people should carry out on behalf of another and for true transformative change and solutions, aid that respects people’s dignity and decision making choices and strengthens their capacity to be protagonists of their own recovery through resilience is surely a more sustainable approach to meeting the needs of the poor.

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