Humanitarian Accountability Report

The HAR is now available in French
Download the report here and our launch leaflet here and here. Read our account of the launch event here.

Change in the Humanitarian Sector

Why do certain changes take place quickly, and in some instances without friction, while other issues stall? Is there a secret to successful change or just a series of traps to avoid?

On 1st October, the CHS Alliance, in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), launched the 2018 edition of the Humanitarian Accountability Report in Geneva at the Humanitarium. The publication looks at the issue of change under the light of mainstream change theories, dissecting six topics to figure out what works (or doesn’t) and why, from cash transfer programming to localization and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA). The report's main findings are: 

  • The humanitarian sector has the standards and policies it needs to be effective. Change occurs when humanitarians apply and learn from the standards to which they have committed.
  • It is people who drive change. Change occurs when people’s motivations and capacities are understood and considered.
  • Change occurs when those working in the humanitarian sector transcend existing power dynamics and acknowledge diversity; it happens when humanitarians value the contributions of crisis-affected people and communities. 
  • Culture is a vector of change. Change takes place when humanitarians are open to new and different approaches, and embrace failure as an opportunity to learn and improve. 
  • Change occurs through smallscale, concrete actions that are continuously revised and adapted, rather than top-down, large-scale action plans.
  • New technologies offer unprecedented opportunities. Change takes place when humanitarians use technology to better engage with each other and with crisis-affected people. 

Revisit the launch event here.

For the 2015 edition click here.