We are very pleased to present the fourth edition of the “State of the Humanitarian System” Report published by ALNAP covering the period 2015-2017 (SOHS 2018).
What immediately attracts attention in this report is the very large number of information sources that make it so rich and testify to its accuracy, as well as the monitoring of progress made against the defined performance criteria. Case studies from five countries are also presented.
In 2017, humanitarian aid reached 201 million people worldwide, including 68.5 million internally displaced persons and refugees, with a budget of $27.3 billion, which was $10.3 billion short of identified needs. Over the period 2015-2017, 50% of the aid went to four countries in crisis (Syria, Yemen, South Sudan, Iraq).
This report shows that humanitarian staff increased by 27% between 2015 and 2017 and that they represent 570,000 people, 10% of whom are expatriates.
This report was presented in Paris on 9 May by Neil Dillon from ALNAP and Groupe URD, with Véronique de Geoffroy, Nawal Karroum. It was moderated by Thierry Benlahsen of Solidarités International in front of a very attentive and participative audience. In conclusion, François Grünewald notes that, despite real progress, humanitarian aid is too often behind schedule and that it has difficulty adapting and anticipating.
All the more reason to delve into this report, the summary of which is available here in French and the complete edition in English.
This report allows each humanitarian and each organization to have a global vision of this “system” to know where they stand, what place they occupy, what added value emerges from an approach.
It is also necessary to situate oneself in relation to the “system”, its strengths and weaknesses, its progress and abuses, always with the aim of better meeting the vital needs of the populations in danger for which we are each responsible.