Is the humanitarian system broken?

This is the wrong framing. The question is whether the system, as currently structured, is adaptable enough to achieve the shared vision of an ecosystem of diverse actors, with affected people at the center, in which frontline and national responders receive adequate and timely resources. Respect for diversity, sharing power and funds, and flexibility in approaches are all required for this ecosystem to be better reflected in humanitarian action. We cannot give up on our current system, as for its faults, we are managing to aid millions of affected people. However, we can also not be complacent. We must seek and bring about the changes required. We must also be aware of the margins of what the humanitarian system can do, and ensure we are not alone in addressing the needs of affected people. Member states, development actors, host governments, all have a role to play.

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