Humanitarian system

When emergencies happen, CAFOD responds.

In 2005, the UN initiated a process of reform of the international humanitarian system. This was based on the growing awareness of the need to better involve NGOs, particularly national and local NGOs on a more equal footing with UN agencies in humanitarian planning and response.

CAFOD is an active participant in the humanitarian reform process. We have co-published a number of reports examining the international humanitarian system and calling for improvements in effectiveness, predictability and speed when bringing humanitarian assistance to people in need, and we support our partners and country offices working in humanitarian response to engage in the 3 pillars of reform: participation in country-based and global clusters, humanitarian leadership, and pooled funding.

We have also suggested ways of ensuring the views of crisis-affected populations are represented. Evidence-based advocacy, a focus on downward accountability and improving the impact of humanitarian action all have important roles to play.

Policy and research documents on the humanitarian system

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