This edition of Humanitarian Exchange, co-edited with Ben Parker, features the humanitarian crisis created by the conflict in Syria.
This report questions the future direction for the Aid for Trade (AfT), recommending that for the initiative to become more effective it must narrow its focus. The report suggests that Aid for Trade should concentrate on helping developing countries trade by building their productive capacity, reducing the cost of trading and increasing trade infrastructure.
Steven A. Zyck
Regional organisations are frequently cited as key emerging actors in the humanitarian sphere. This paper examines the concepts and institutions underlying regional organisations before examining their contributions to three areas: the humanitarian response to refugee crises, conflict management and disaster risk reduction (DRR).
This paper outlines the case for including resilience in the post-2015 development goals and explores the characteristics of a resilient community. It takes stock of existing proposals for including resilience in the post-2015 framework, and makes recommendations for practical options for targets and indicators based on three scenarios: Embedding resilience in a poverty goal; mainstreaming resilience in other sectoral goals; and a standalone goal on resilience. Finally, areas for further consideration in ensuring that resilience is taken up within the post-2015 consultation process are outlined.
This paper offers a rough guide to emerging consensus and divergence in post-2015 goal areas, based on an analysis of where key proposals so far come together and where they diverge in their approaches to goals and targets.