One pledge made at the World Humanitarian Summit is a commitment by major aid donors and NGOs to ensure 25% of humanitarian funding goes directly to local organisations on the front line of disaster relief.
Christian Aid’s head of humanitarian policy, Michael Mosselmans, said:
“This is a significant step forward. Currently local agencies only directly receive about 0.3% so a jump to 25% by 2020 is a big deal. Ultimately this is a recognition that the world needs to put more power into the hands of those communities affected by humanitarian disasters.”
This shift in the balance of power could make a big difference to the sustainability of relief actions in all manner of humanitarian disasters, including where large numbers of people are displaced from their homes and forced to take shelter in temporary – or not so temporary – accommodation.
This action could make a big different to thHowever he added that donors need to be held accountable for the new pact:
“Warm words now will mean nothing to the next victims of a humanitarian crisis if they are not backed up with action. The proof of the pudding will be in the eating.”
In his statement, he emphasised the need for the UN to “lay out the concrete steps showing progress” in advance of the next summit ‘stock taking’ meeting in 2020.
“It was also encouraging to see the issue of gender taking up a prominent role in discussions at the summit but disappointing that this wasn’t included more formally in the Grand Bargain. As humanitarian policies and practices are developed following the summit it’s vital that the different impacts on women, men, boys and girls, are more fully addressed.”
More information in the Christian Aid press release.