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The landscape of humanitarian action has changed significantly, lately, and not for the best. In the last 10 years, the number of people affected by humanitarian crisis has almost doubled, and the cost of humanitarian assistance has more than tripled.
The needs and conditions of the people affected have also changed. As Oxford scholars Alexander Betts and Louise Bloom explain in their recent paper “Humanitarian Innovation: the state of the art“, while in the past most of the refugees lived in rural camps, more than half of them live now in urban areas.
The average period of displacement is also much longer now: as much as 17 years, according to the UNHCR. No wonder NGOs and governments are struggling to cope with this situation. The humanitarian ecosystem needs to change, to improve and evolve, and “innovaton” is one of the keywords of this process: “Transformation through Innovation” will be one of four themes of the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit
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