The 2018 World Disasters Report asks challenging questions of affected states, admittedly overburdened donors, and local and international humanitarian organizations. It includes a strong call for more, for better and for more equitable, funding and action to meet the rising needs. It also calls for a more conscious and transparent approach to ensuring the people in greatest need are placed first in line for assistance.
The report identifies five flaws that are allowing so many people to fall through the cracks: too many affected people are 1) out of sight, 2) out of reach, 3) left out of the loop, or find themselves in crises that are 4) out of money, or deemed to be 5) out of scope because they are suffering in ways that are not seen as the responsibility of the humanitarian sector.
The World Disasters Report sets out recommendations in six main areas, and addresses specific calls to action in each area to governments, international humanitarian organizations and donors.
- Getting the incentives right
- Recognizing and supporting the role of local humanitarian action
- Adopting a community-centred, participatory approach
- Taking up our shared responsibility for resilience
- Improving appropriate use of data and technology
- Addressing the critical cases