AlertNet poll reveals 10 ways for aid groups to stay ahead

by Tim Large | @timothylarge | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Thursday, 26 January 2012 10:00 GMT
Experts questioned about changing landscape of humanitarian aid

LONDON - AlertNet surveyed 41 of the world’s biggest aid agencies by spending and operational scope on the future drivers of humanitarian need, the challenges of delivering relief, spending and funding trends and the value for money of the international aid system.

Here are the recommendations that emerged from the survey:

1) Be better prepared for an increase in climate-related disasters

2) Devise new ways of operating in urban areas like city slums

3) Work more closely with local people to avert disasters and reduce their impact

4) Lobby governments to invest more in reducing the risk of disasters

5) Spread the word about why humanitarian aid must be provided impartially

6) Be more transparent about how aid is delivered, as well as its successes and failures

7) Train aid workers to be better leaders and learn from their mistakes

8) Cut red tape at the U.N. and improve coordination between U.N. agencies and NGOs

9) Operate more like a business, with a clear focus on results

10) Look for new sources of funding, including the private sector 

For more, see AlertNet special report on humanitarian aid: futureofaid.trust.org