The growing need for humanitarian aid means we must find a new approach to development
The Guardian "A recent report by the Center for American Progress and Save the Children found that fragile states made “distressingly little progress on the MDGs”, with 37 of the 55 countries examined meeting two or fewer targets. In 2011 the World Bank sounded an alarm bell which is still ringing: 1.5 billion people living in fragile and conflict-affected states are at risk of being left behind (...).
Complex and protracted crisis has become the new normal in and across many fragile countries and regions. Humanitarian aid’s traditional rapid response model – getting in swiftly and exiting once the emergency is over – doesn’t fit the new terms of reference. (...)
Addressing humanitarian crises is not only a prerequisite of sustainable development but also a necessity if the SDGs are to be achieved." (By Kristalina Georgieva and Borge Brende) (Photo © flickr)