Study for the European Parliament: “Towards More Effective Global Humanitarian Action: How the EU Can Contribute”, by Cristina Churruca Muguruza

TEPSA has recently coordinated a study for the European Parliament Committee on Development (DEVE), authored by Cristina Churruca Muguruza, Institute of Human Rights, University of Deusto, NOHA Network of Universities in Humanitarian Action, Spain.

The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in May 2016 will be the culmination of a global consultation process. The three-year initiative responds to the need to adapt the humanitarian system in order to make humanitarian action more efficient and effective in keeping pace with the rapidly changing context of emergencies. Consultations leading up to the Summit have provided the opportunity to gain perspectives from different regions of the world. As a result, three main priorities have been highlighted: the need for humanitarians to protect and preserve the dignity of people affected by conflict and disaster; a call to find innovative and sustainable ways of meeting people’s needs; and a demand from the global South to ‘localise’ humanitarian response by strengthening local, national and regional capacities to prevent, manage and respond to crisis. There is potential for the European Union (EU) to take a leadership role in the process and influence the WHS outcome. ECHO´s new need assessment tools and the Linking Relief Rehabilitation and Development (LRRD) as well as Resilience approaches offer a framework for responding to the challenges posed by protracted crises. This study recommends that the European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid should be applied as a model for a ‘Global Consensus on Humanitarian Action’ or a ‘Global Compact’ recognising the diversity of today’s humanitarian response system while taking advantage of all actors’ complementary role. Furthermore, the EU and member states must commit to placing protection at the centre of humanitarian action and ensure that the EU´s humanitarian aid is not regarded as a crisis management tool, and allowed to become an instrument of its foreign policy.

The full study can be accessed here.