Humanitarian Futures

Authored by: Randolph Kent , Sophie Evans

The Routledge Companion to Humanitarian Action

Print publication date:  March  2015
Online publication date:  March  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415844420
eBook ISBN: 9780203753422
Adobe ISBN: 9781135013936


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When looking to traditional humanitarian actors and transformation agendas, the past is not the future. In more recent years the humanitarian sector, with its traditional actors whether bilateral, international or non-governmental organizations, has become increasingly more aware that the types of crisis drivers – their dimensions and dynamics – are increasing exponentially. With these new crises comes a transformation agenda demanding that traditional humanitarian actors move from their well established role of responding to known crises towards planning for and promoting resilience to new plausible futures and unknown crises, with implications requiring a response not just from the humanitarian sector. This chapter will discuss how these traditional humanitarian actors will have to evolve and adapt to transform to become more effective, outline the context in which they must adapt to survive and detail how these humanitarian futures will impact not only these traditional actors but also the sector.

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