We know humanitarian actors in Asia and the Pacific have much to offer the global discourse, which is why we partner with regional experts and organisations across the sector to elevate their thinking and connect it to the global conversation. We are committed to reimagining the boundaries, purpose, relevance and usefulness of research in the sector.
As humanitarian reform enters a new phase, we have brought fresh perspectives to ongoing challenges, tackling the role of intermediaries and working with partners to trace the evolution of the humanitarian system in Indonesia.
We are continuing our research on how COVID-19 is shaping humanitarian operations and how the sector can be more climate-sensitive. Our research includes our flagship Humanitarian Horizons Research Program, we well as independent think pieces and research for partners and independent think pieces, such as our recent collaboration with UN Women.
We would be hard pressed to find a topic more pervasive in global humanitarian speak than accountability to affected people (AAP), its unofficial motto ‘putting people at the centre’ the catch-cry of almost every humanitarian reform process, discussion and publication.
This practice paper provides a summary of the evaluations and reviews that have concluded that AAP is not having its intended impact. It goes on to provide possible explanations for this failure with a focus on the blockages between policy, practice and outcome, proposing that as a sector we are stuck in the weeds of AAP implementation without building in opportunities to consider the bigger picture of impact – and the changes in approach required. The paper concludes by proposing six ways to think about improved outcome-focused AAP. These are intended to support conversations and progress thinking that can support humanitarian leaders in finding a path out of the weeds.