Making Humanitarian Operations More Sustainable

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Posted Jun 16, 2022 | INSEAD Knowledge, Luk Van WassenhovE

Given that humanitarian operations span the entire disaster management cycle, stakeholders, including humanitarian operators (HOs), donors, and watchdog organisations need to think differently about the balance between short-term and long-term interventions and the role of local vs. global organisations. In his article for INSEAD Knowledge, Luk Van Wassenhove explains the importance of setting appropriate metrics and incentives with a long-term perspective. “Local or global” must be addressed in procuring the necessary relief items. Although local procurement might be more sustainable, it is often offset by the effectiveness of the global machinery. This requires beneficiaries to  benefit from sustainable solutions that respect their culture and dignity. Local volunteers are also immediately operational and familiar with the context, as seen in the Ukrainian crisis.


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