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World disasters report 2015: focus on local actors, the key to humanitarian effectiveness

Source(s):  International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

This year’s World Disasters Report examines the complexities and challenges local actors face in scaling-up and sustaining humanitarian response and disaster risk reduction. It calls on governments and the international aid community to work together to ensure more equal partnerships with local actors and efficient financing flows, including at the community level, where humanitarian needs are the greatest and development impacts are felt the most.

The World Disasters Report 2015 features chapters on: i) local actors, the present and the future of humanitarian action; ii) capacity development for better disaster risk management; iii) law, governance and the role of local actors; iv) funding patterns and their keeping pace with trends and evidence; v) aid delivery in insecure environments; vi) the role of local actors in protracted conflict; and vii) digital empowerment of local actors.

The report is an important contribution to discussions about localized action that have been ongoing for many years, but that have gained increased profile this year as governments and aid groups re-evaluate how they work. It builds on discussions that were held at the beginning of the year during the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai and more recently during the process to finalize and adopt the Sustainable Development Goals.

The World Disasters Report is an annual independent publication commissioned by the IFRC, contributing evidence-based research on the challenges, trends and innovations in disaster risk reduction and crisis management.



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  • World disasters report 2015: focus on local actors, the key to humanitarian effectiveness
  • Publication date 2015
  • Number of pages 270 p.
  • ISBN/ISSN 9789291392261

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