What will the World Humanitarian Summit offer #globaldev?

Looking ahead at the World Humanitarian Summit in May, global development leaders share their hopes for successful outcomes.

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.

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    Molly Anders

    Molly Anders is a former U.K. correspondent for Devex. Based in London, she reports on development finance trends with a focus on British and European institutions. She is especially interested in evidence-based development and women’s economic empowerment, as well as innovative financing for the protection of migrants and refugees. Molly is a former Fulbright Scholar and studied Arabic in Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco.

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