The Changing Context of Humanitarian Action: Key Challenges and Issues

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Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of the main external and internal challenges facing humanitarian action and the key issues in its agenda. The convergence of global trends such as climate change, migration and population growth, urbanization, growing inequalities and resource scarcity together with the inability to resolve intractable conflicts and protracted crises are exacerbating people’s vulnerability. The humanitarian system needs to adapt to a changing humanitarian context and make humanitarian action more effective and inclusive to respond to the needs of people in crises. However, shifting the focus to managing risk and prevention will require the full extent of political will, capacity, and resources of donor governments and affected States.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of DeustoBilbaoSpain

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