Translate with Google Translate
 

The Cost of Coherence

Emergency Gap Series 4

Downloads

About this resource

Resource type:Research, reports and studies
Language:English
Keywords:Development & humanitarian aid, System-wide performance
Agency:MSF - Médecins sans Frontières
Author(s):DuBois, M.
Date published:December 2016
Pages:28pp

The long history of trying to operationalise coherence has brought to light its inherent inconsistencies and operational costs. The new push for coherence based on the paradigmatic shift announced at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) marks a departure, a vision based not on the building of bridges between humanitarianism and other sectors, but on humanitarianism being assimilated by them. This comes at a time when the global context demands even greater independence if humanitarians are to steer through the interests of power actors towards the needs of people.

This paper questions the basis and wisdom of the WHS’s transforming of humanitarian action into a support mechanism for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), realigning the ultimate humanitarian goal towards ‘ending need’. After setting forth the issue in greater detail, this paper lays forth three interlinked flaws in the new paradigm:

  1. contradiction at the conceptual level;
  2. misjudgement of the nature of the problem and disregard for the lessons of history; and
  3. underestimation of the impact upon a humanitarian sector that is already slow, rather inflexible, politicised and progressively less able to meet the emergency needs of people in crisis.

 

Related resources

Emergency Gap: Humanitarian Action Critically Wounded

Emergency Gap Series 1

Research, reports and studies

The Challenges of Localised Humanitarian Aid in Armed Conflict

Emergency Gap Series 3

Research, reports and studies

To Stay and Deliver? The Yemen Humanitarian Crisis 2015

Emergency Gap Series 2

Research, reports and studies

 

Before you download this file, please answer two questions to help us monitor usage

1) What do you think you'll use this document for?

  • Other:

1) What is your email address?

2) What is the name of your organisation?

Please answer both questions above Submit

Starting your download...

Pilot version: You are downloading the pilot version of this guide; we welcome any feedback you have. Please email EHA@alnap.org

Close this overlay