Taking stock of the aid community

Taking stock of the aid community - Photo courtesy of Reuters

Taking stock of the aid community - Photo courtesy of Reuters

Last Monday, AlertNet published Where Is The Money? Future of Aid, a must-read (and watch) multimedia report that includes a poll on emerging trends and challenges in the humanitarian sector. 

Forty-one major international aid organizations, including the ICRC, answered questions on a range of topics, including drivers of humanitarian needs, current challenges to aid delivery, efficiency and funding in the context of the global financial crisis.

The survey confirms that rising climate-related disasters, displacement caused by environmental degradation and rapid urbanization are expected to drive humanitarian needs in coming years.

A majority of respondents also pointed to the politization of aid as the main impediment to reach and assist beneficiaries. In the face of an allegedly shrinking humanitarian space, many recommended that aid agencies adopt the neutral, independent and impartial stance that the ICRC relies on to protect and assist victims of armed violence. 

Alertnet reporter Megan Rowling, who worked on Future of Aid, speaks about current and future trends in humanitarianism and the reason behind the birth Thomson-Reuters sponsored AlertNet in 1997.