When a disaster occurs or about to occur, the first and most important step for responders is to get a picture of what is happening. Which cities or villages are likely or have been affected? What are the likely or urgent needs of the population? Which roads are or likely to be blocked? These are the kind of questions that need to be answered predisaster and/or in the first hours after a disaster strikes.
Current frustrations within the humanitarian sector in Africa are the result of a recognition that humanitarians alone have neither the depth nor the breadth of knowledge or ability to address humanitarian needs and vulnerabilities in all their complexity, now and in the foreseeable future. The result is a systemic discontent that has called into question the foundations of humanitarian action its ethos, its emblems and the constellation of institutions that pursue humanitarian goals.
Centre for Humanitarian Analytics is committed to the systematic examination and assessment of humanitarian policies, programmes and practices in Africa. It also promotes rigorous dialogue on issues related to the work of humanitarian actors in the Africa region and encourages an active exchange of ideas and information between humanitarian practitioners, policymakers and the research community.
Connecting data, Decision making and Humanitarian response.
Coordinated humanitarian response becomes so important and the panel discussion that has been organised here as part of the Sphere 2018 Handbook Launch is highly commendable to ensure that good intentions become good deeds. It calls for collective engagement in humanitarian actions, hence the importance of shared principles and a common understanding of the minimum standards in humanitarian response.
Cyclone Idai was an eye opener to various humanitarian actors, The effort to create a platform to reflect on how stakeholders fared in the Cyclone Idai response is well appreciated. As Government, we are committed to take the recommendations that’ stakeholders have expressed in improving our response to any future disasters.
The training on Sphere Standards was very relevant and an eye opener to a lot of issues where health sector has an interface with other technical sectors such as Food & Nutrition, Shelter and Settlement. I will recommend my colleagues to go through this very training. The facilitation was excellent. I’m certainly going to be one of your participants in the Sphere Standards Training of Trainers course.
The platform created here for joint reflection on our humanitarian response to Cyclone Idai is a welcome effort as different actors are able to exchange notes and ideas on how we can continue to improve in future emergencies.
Policy dialogues such as the one that you have facilitated here are very useful in creating open exchange of experiences by different stakeholders. Going forward, we need a review of the work done to identify areas that we did well and areas that had gaps cluster by cluster.
The panel debates here are very relevant especially in as far as it also helps us reflect on the situation of children who were affected by Cyclone Idai. There is need for protection of vulnerable groups especially children, in such disasters .
Quality and Accountability Handbooks distributed
Humanitarian workers Trained
Humanitarian Standards Training events