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The Urbanisation of Emergencies – Adapting Humanitarian Action to a Changing World

IRC, DFID & UN-Habitat


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Resource type:Research, reports and studies
Keywords:Development & humanitarian aid, System-wide performance, Urban
Author(s):WHS Urban Expert Group
Date published:April 2015

This paper proposes a series of recommendations that would adapt humanitarian response to better support city systems, and promote greater resilience to future crises. It also proposes taking steps to engage urban development actors to benefit from their expertise and make the most of existing programming.

This paper was used as a source for synthesised recommendations used in the Briefing Papers for the Global Forum on Improving Humanitarian Action, taking place in New York on 4/5 June 2015.

The Briefing Papers are intended to provide a general background to the key obstacles that inhibit good, effective humanitarian action, and the recommendations that have been put forward around the WHS process to address these obstacles.

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