The State of the Humanitarian System

This report represents the first attempt by the international humanitarian system to systematically monitor and report on its progress and performance. On the best available evidence, the report shows where progress is being made as well as identifying shortcomings so that practical and creative solutions can be put forward. The very existence of this report demonstrates that the system is mature enough to look at itself critically and move forward in a more informed way.
The report appraises how well the system performed between 2010-2012. During this time we saw major international emergencies such as Haiti, Pakistan and Somalia which changed the growing demands on the humanitarian system and expectations of what can be achieved. There are now more actors, especially NGOs, in the system; more money available; more technological innovation; increased individual giving; and evidence that elements of the reform process (including clusters, the CERF and pooled funding) have improved the timeliness of the response in many instances. Agencies are getting humanitarian aid to people in very difficult operating conditions.
But the report also identifies areas where the system has to improve. There is a lack of inclusion of non- traditional actors such as National Disaster Management Authorities and southern NGOS, weak accountability to beneficiaries and lack of strong leadership which undermines the effectiveness of many operations. This underlies the importance of the transformative agenda which was recently agreed by the IASC Principals. The agenda focuses on strengthening the areas of leadership, co-ordination, and accountability in the system.
A short video accompanying the report can be seen at: http: //vimeo. com/45182591