Many members of the global development community hope the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey in May will avoid spreading itself too thin across the multitude of competing priorities, and will instead put a special focus on the evolving “ecosystem” of development.
“We have moved from a rather rigid, structured system, to something a bit more fluid, an ecosystem, and we need to recognize that,” Yves Daccord, director-general of the International Committee of the Red Cross told Devex on the sidelines of the 32nd Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in Geneva, Switzerland.
“In the world of tomorrow, there will be professional humanitarians, like us here, working alongside unstructured workers, people themselves in the community doing their own proposals. It’s not just about professionals, it’s about everyone willing to contribute,” Daccord said.
In this video, Garry Conille, undersecretary general at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; Harold W. Brooks, senior vice president of international operations at the American Red Cross; Maarten Van Aalst, director of the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Center; and Tafue Lusama of the Tuvalu Red Cross offer their hopes for WHS 2016 outcomes.
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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