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. Fundamental

Fundamental reform is necessary but there are too many vested interests within the system and too much resistance to thinking beyond the institutional box. The trigger for change will likely come from without, starting from a balanced analysis of what needs to change and related remedies.

CHA 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. All of these activities are undertaken with the purpose of strengthening the humanitarian sector’s operational effectiveness, thereby enhancing the sector’s capacity to fulfil its mandate.

Our Solutions

(1) Humanitarian Financing:

Improve anticipation and analysis, upgrade financing architecture, improve efficiency and reduce transaction costs, represent a practical way forward for the humanitarian community.

(2) Humanitarian Architecture:

The analysis has to overhaul the outdated power structures and institutional incentives that have long skewed the humanitarian system’s behaviour by while analysing and developing concrete, pragmatic, and actionable reform options aligned to the African humanitarian terrain.

(3) Displacements & Forced Migration:

CHA’s cutting-edge analysis will provide a forum for debate about the underlying causes of displacement and forced migration and ways of tackling them – beyond short-term financial assistance and humanitarian aid.

(4) Disasters & Climate Change:

CHA policy briefs will explore how humanitarian actors can minimise their environmental impact and consider how procurement, transport, choice of materials, or land and natural resource use may protect or degrade the environment further.

(5) Urbanization and Resilience:

investigate urban environments and crises to disaggregate cumulative risks, interrogate the drivers and interactive effects of those risks and study protective factors.

(6) Accountability, Diversity & Inclusion:

In this work, CHA seeks to explore how accountability, diversity and inclusion are being upheld in humanitarian responses within Africa to meeting Minimum Standards in their efforts to assist and protect those affected.

(7) Humanitarian Protection in the Digital Age

CHA seeks to examine the international humanitarian and human rights laws, standards, and norms in light of new cyber-realities.

(8) Data Preparedness

CHA’s Data preparedness analysis complements and expands on existing OCHA principles on the use of information management in disaster scenarios, such as reliability, timeliness, relevance, inclusiveness and accountability. professionalize the sector.

Target outcomes

Fresh thinking to challenge the status quo of humanitarian aid.

Empower a broader more informed and more coherent humanitarian movement.