Putting people at the centre. Position paper for the World Humanitarian Summit.

ACT Alliance and Humanitarian Policy and Practice Advisory Group
Date published
01 Jan 2015
Research, reports and studies
Development & humanitarian aid, System-wide performance, Global Forum

This paper aims to provoke discussion around four priority areas for action at the WHS and the practical implications of what this would require.

1. A shift in power towards locally-led response

2. Greater integration and investment in resilience and reducing vulnerability

3. Greater accountability to disaster affected populations

4. Enhanced access to humanitarian assistance and protection in fragile states and protracted crises.

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.