International aid organisations could be irrelevant by 2030 if they fail to adapt, a new report published today finds.

‘Change or Die,’ warns report on aid sector at risk of not adapting to evolving world

International aid organisations could be irrelevant by 2030 if they fail to adapt, a new report published today finds

By Action Against Hunger

Jul 20 2017

London, 20th of July 2017 - In the middle of a global refugee crisis, complex and long conflicts and violent natural disasters, the report The Future of AID: INGOS in 2030 warns that international aid organisations must make significant shifts in their mentality and practice to continue to deliver effective assistance to people in need. 

“The coming 15 years will be characterised by increasing crises, mass migration, inequality and natural disasters,” says Jean-Michel Grand, Action Against Hunger’s Chief Executive. “To meet these needs, planning must start now—and it requires a rethink.” 

The ground-breaking report has been produced by the Inter-Agency Regional Analysts Network (IARAN) — a consortium of academic institutions and large International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs), including Action Against Hunger. 

It is being presented today during a panel discussion with humanitarian affairs experts including Action Against Hunger’s Chief Analyst, Eilidh Kennedy. The event will be chaired by Mike Penrose, Executive Director of UNICEF UK, at the Southbank Centre, Central London.

The report’s key findings include: a shift of power and resources from North to South; growing protectionist, nationalist policies in the West; the need for more flexible and longer-term funding for organisations working in crises; and more innovative human resourcing. 

The report recommends that INGOs review their governance structures with head offices acting as support functions.  With many emergencies likely to last for a decade or more - as the crises of Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Iraq indicate - INGOs must better prepare for that eventuality.

“It is certain that for the crises that impact us over the next 15 years, there will be humanitarian responders,” says Jean-Michel Grand. “But without concerted efforts to evolve, INGOs will be side-lined by more efficient, adaptable actors—from the private sector, religious groups, local civil society and armed forces."   

“In a time of rapid and far-reaching global change, the need for a global vision and a long-term approach has never been more evident,” says Pascal Boniface, Director of IRIS. “The report produced by the IARAN provides valuable input to help address this essential challenge through to 2030.” 



The Future of AID: INGOS in 2030

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