Alexander Matheou is the executive director of international for the British Red Cross. He has worked in the humanitarian sector for 20 years and has experience of working in the Middle East, South Asia, the former Soviet Union and Africa. His major areas of thematic experience include disaster management, risk reduction, good donorship practices, and aid effectiveness.
The localization agenda risks running out of steam in 2018 unless thought leaders in the humanitarian sector focus more on helping entire local systems to cope and recover from crises, rather than just simply empowering local NGOs.
With the EU-Turkey deal in place, a new approach is needed for refugees in Greece. Alexander Matheou, director of international programs at the British Red Cross, offers three actions that would make a big difference.
In the weeks prior to the recent World Humanitarian Summit regional consultations for eastern and southern Africa, IFRC officials listened to how people affected by drought and floods in Namibia perceive challenges and solutions proposed by aid groups. Find out the four main takeaways in this guest opinion.
What should the aid community change in the way it tackles slow onset disasters and chronic crises in middle-income countries? The IFRC’s Alexander Matheou discusses how we can apply lessons learned from fighting HIV, tuberculosis and malaria to fix Namibia’s drought problem.
How can we respond better to long-term crises like chronic food insecurity in middle-income countries? By shifting from service delivery to strengthening local systems, the IFRC's Alexander Matheou writes in an exclusive commentary.
Foreign aid drives the development agenda of many poor countries, but what happens after the money dries up? In an exclusive opinion for Devex, IFRC representative in Southern Africa Alexander Matheou makes the case for donors to move on from business-as-usual and gradually encourage national institutions to continue those efforts so they learn to be less dependent on international assistance for their own prosperity.