In new analysis, our experts review 15 NGO governing boards engaged in humanitarian response, and find that fewer than 20% of board members were from countries that are eligible to receive aid. Explore the interactive tool to learn more.
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More than 5.5 million Venezuelans have fled socio-economic and institutional collapse, high levels of insecurity, human rights violations, and political persecution at home. It is one of the largest displacement situations in the world, second only to Syria.
Demand-Driven Humanitarian Action in the Asia-Pacific: A Conversation with National and Regional Actors
We’re facing a “make or break” moment to reset commitments to humanitarian reform. The Asia-Pacific region has proven itself a unique case with increasing national and regional leadership; begging the question, how do global ideas for humanitarian reform apply in this context?
Humanitarian donor governments today spend roughly $25 billion every year, and approximately two-thirds of this is channeled through UN agencies and the international Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement.
Agreements of this type fulfil the requirements of the WHO Code: They help individual health workers move to countries of destination, they increase the number of skilled workers and improve health systems in countries of origin, and they manage migration in an ethical and sustainable way. They deserve to be piloted, tested, appropriately modified, and scaled.
COVID-19 is compounding humanitarian crises across the globe and exposing the current aid model as ill-adapted to support the frontline response. We have argued that applying an area-based model to humanitarian coordination would help tailor crisis response to the priorities and capacities of local communities and responders.
As Special Envoy Ricardo Zúñiga traveled to El Salvador this week, the number of people arriving to the US-Mexico border from the Northern Triangle is at its highest level in at least 15 years. Among the three Northern Triangle countries, El Salvador is the least represented among those arriving at the border. Yet, the rate of Salvadorans illegally migrating to the U.S. still vastly exceeds those who use lawful pathways.
As the new US administration seeks to manage a large spike in migrants at the southern border, it has signaled plans to try to influence migrant decision-making in Central America through extensive public information campaigns.
It is easy to critique humanitarian organizations for inefficiencies and other flaws in their coordination functions. But deeper examination of issues such as media exposure and incentives to coordinate makes it clearer that, given their current funding model, their actions may be rational institutional behavior.
This post originally appeared on the European University Institute's Migration Policy Centre blog.