Managing Humanitarian Action: An Introduction

  • Pat Gibbons


Global Humanitarian Assistance reached record levels in 2014 at $24.4 billion; however, that same year, the highest level of global humanitarian need was also evidenced with an excess of 200 million people affected by disasters. The trend of humanitarian need outstripping supply is a persistent and growing problem over recent years. The extent of the problem was manifest in 2015, when the shortfall in the UN’s humanitarian appeal reached 40%. Many and varied theories are being offered on how to address this deficit; however, the need for improved management (planning, organising, controlling and coordinating global humanitarian resources) in pursuit of the global humanitarian goal (to save lives, alleviate suffering and support life with dignity for all disaster-affected peoples) has consistently featured high on the humanitarian agenda.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University College DublinDublinIreland

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