On the road to Istanbul: How can the World Humanitarian Summit make humanitarian response more effective?

Bringing together 13 leading humanitarian thinkers to discuss challenges to greater humanitarian effectiveness, this report offers concrete solutions to many of the issues raised during the regional consultations for the World Humanitarian Summit.

Dr. Jemilah Mahmood, the chief of the World Humanitarian Summit secretariat, said: “We all want to ensure the World Humanitarian Summit is worth the climb. To do that, we need ambitious but actionable ideas such as those found in this timely report.” Written with the support of more than 30 peer reviewers, the report suggests that in order to improve effectiveness, the humanitarian sector should build upon and reinforce five key areas:

  1. principled humanitarian response, which builds trust and facilitates access;
  2. standards, which have shown to support appropriate, effective and timely aid;
  3. national capacity, the strengthening of which is essential for effective and sustainable humanitarian response;
  4. collective accountability, which requires inclusiveness, transparency and a common language;
  5. good people management practices, which are paramount for effective aid.

The report is free to download here:



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