The humanitarian system and its legitimacy crisis – the power of transformational partnerships and networks

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Less than two weeks before the World Humanitarian Summit, a lot of eyes are driven on Istanbul, waiting to hear what changes and what decisions will be taken to “repair” our “broken” humanitarian system. While stakes are high, expectations have been watered-down with the announcement that no commitments would be made. However, the opportunity to […]

Why MSF’s decision to pull out of the World Humanitarian Summit may not be such a bad thing


After many months of discussions and planning, yesterday’s decision by MSF not to attend the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) was highly unprecedented and unexpected.  Although this decision may bring considerable disappointment, due to MSF’s reputation and influence in the humanitarian sector, it does however draw greater focus on specific issues which may have, without this […]

World Humanitarian Summit…what can be expected?

After almost 2 years of multi-stakeholder consultations, involving more than 23,000 people in eight regional consultations as well as several thematic consultations and one global consultation, the countdown to Istanbul is getting closer and stakes are high. We keep hearing that the humanitarian system is under strain, that the gap between available funding and humanitarian […]