The World Humanitarian Summit: A Pivot Point in Philanthropy's Contribution to Addressing Humanitarian Crises

The World Humanitarian Summit: A Pivot Point in Philanthropy's Contribution to Addressing Humanitarian Crises

Funders need to recognize that humanitarian crises, whether slow-onset or cataclysmic, are merely one facet of the larger development conversation, which itself is shifting toward a "relief to development" continuum, a report from the SDG Philanthropy Platform and  Conrad N. Hilton Foundation finds. Released ahead of the United Nations' World Humanitarian Summit in May, the report, The World Humanitarian Summit: A Pivot Point in Philanthropy's Contribution to Addressing Humanitarian Crises (20 pages, PDF), calls on the global philanthropic community to help bridge the "humanitarian-development" divide and to continue to engage with countries that have suffered a crisis after initial disaster response efforts. The report also argues that the UN's Sustainable Development Goals represent a significant opportunity for funders to look not only at discrete projects but to consider more holistic, collaborative efforts aimed at achieving lasting solutions to urgent development challenges. Recommendations include supporting information sharing and coordination of aid efforts; forging partnerships with local organizations; investing in research related to the delivery of effective humanitarian assistance; and leveraging private-sector funding.