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Accountability in the Humanitarian System: In Conversation with Mark Lowcock

Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 8:30am to 10:00am ET


Join CGD’s Masood Ahmed for a discussion with Mark Lowcock, outgoing UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief, to discuss his new and practical proposal to hold the humanitarian system independently accountable for delivering what people in crisis actually want. We will also hear comments from Elhadj As Sy, former Secretary-General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Humanitarian organizations cannot solve the main drivers of humanitarian crises – conflict, climate change and deadly diseases. But the system has the power to fix its own problems. Too often people most affected by crisis are the people with the least power and influence over the organizations trying to help them. To perform better, humanitarians need to provide people the opportunity to take control over their lives, including what aid they receive and how they receive it.

Click here to learn more about CGD’s work on a people-driven humanitarian system.

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