In the Abu Shouk IDP Camp, a child pushes an orange Water Roller, which has the same capacity as the four jerry cans carried by her companion (UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran).
In the Abu Shouk IDP Camp, a child pushes an orange Water Roller, which has the same capacity as the four jerry cans carried by her companion (UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran).

When emergency relief turns into a protracted crisis, what happens to the aid that falls between short-term humanitarian relief and development assistance over the medium-term

Who should deliver it? Who should oversee it?

In the current aid architecture, it’s not always clear who is responsible for ensuring funding and resources in complex humanitarian situations. 

In a commentary posted recently in Indepth News (IDN), I discussed how gaps persist between where humanitarian relief ends and development assistance begins, and there is a lack of clarity on delivery agents (i.e. NGOs, sometimes UN agencies, or some combo), and oversight. In short, a very messy system – numerous gaps, and overlaps and other inefficiencies. We are unprepared to face a new round of looming humanitarian disasters. And yet, several are brewing: a growing food security crisis in the Sahel region of West Africa, and a violent government crackdown in Syria. 

Additionally, some questions for future research:

  • Do the emerging donors face similar challenges when providing assistance on protracted crises? If so, what do the challenges look like? 
  • Or are the problems of “complex humanitarian” specific to the traditional donors?

 Shaping my view this week:

 Tweeters with ideas on global development:

  • @glassmanamanda: Global health policy with a focus on financing and economics. Tweets are personal views, RT not endorsement.Washington, DC
  • @anoukdey: deputy curator of @thecic's opencanada.org. founder of @rchildhood. @actioncanada fellow. cyclist. nomad. (my views.) 
  • @FAOnews: News & info from the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) aka #unfao, the UN agency that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.
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