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Global Forum Briefing Paper 1: Good humanitarian action reaches everyone in need

Global Forum Briefing Paper 1


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Resource type:Research, reports and studies
Keywords:Development & humanitarian aid, Organisational , Organisational Learning and Change, System-wide performance
Author(s):Obrecht, A. and Knox-Clarke, P.
Date published:2014


This paper looks at the obstacles to humanitarian action reaching everyone in need and provides recommendations synthesised from submitted proposition papers. It is one of the briefing papers prepared for the Global Forum taking place in New York on 4-5 June 2015.


A distinguishing feature of humanitarian assistance and protection activities is that they are provided on the basis of need. Where people are in need of support and this support does not materialise (because a population group has been overlooked, because humanitarian actors do not have the resources to provide adequately for the basic needs of all crisis-affected people or because people cannot access the support that is available), humanitarian action has failed to meet one of its most important objectives.


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