Is it time to challenge the notion of an emergency?

By Molly Anders 25 January 2016

Devex speaks with Yves Daccord, director-general of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

When aid workers respond to a crisis, one of the greatest challenges is staying in tune with the community as needs and circumstances shift, often rapidly.

In this interview on the sidelines of the 32nd Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in Geneva, Switzerland, Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross Yves Daccord examines the challenge of finding the right balance of traditional financing and new, longer-term, funding sources.

As the sector faces an evolution of the traditional concept of an emergency toward embracing a more sustained, protracted engagement from the outset, Daccord told Devex associate editor Richard Jones how the shift is affecting ICRC’s policies, recruitment and its efforts to protect local staff from absorbing all the risk in an organization’s response.

“Most crises don’t start today and end the next day,” Daccord said. “And we’re dealing now with multiple crises at the same time, so the question is how do we contextualize that? The [models for] financing, reporting back and accountability need to take that into account.”

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Molly is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in London, she covers U.K. foreign aid and trends in international development. She draws on her experience covering aid legislation and the USAID implementer community in Washington, D.C., as well as her time as a Fulbright Fellow and development practitioner in the Middle East to develop stories with insider analysis.

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