Community Sector Banking
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
NEWS  |  General, Research

International Humanitarian System Must Go From Global to Local - Oxfam


Tuesday, 7th February 2012 at 1:36 pm
Staff Reporter
International aid agency Oxfam says that resources must be built up closer to where disasters happen to ensure that people and countries are better prepared to withstand future shocks.


Tuesday, 7th February 2012
at 1:36 pm
Staff Reporter


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
International Humanitarian System Must Go From Global to Local - Oxfam
Tuesday, 7th February 2012 at 1:36 pm
Image supplied: Oxfam & SAACID. Photo: Oxfam Novib

International aid agency Oxfam says that resources must be built up closer to where disasters happen to ensure that people and countries are better prepared to withstand future shocks.

Oxfam warns that the international humanitarian response system will not cope with the expected rise in the number of people exposed to crises unless resources are built up closer to where disasters happen and there is more investment in preventing and reducing the risk of disasters.

In a new report, Crises in a New World Order, Oxfam said that while governments’ and agencies’ response to emergencies has greatly improved it was still ‘too little, too late’ and was often determined by the vagaries of media and political interest rather than the level of human need.

Oxfam Australia emergencies manager Richard Young said that coping with the expected strains on the humanitarian system would mean a shift from global to local.

“We are already seeing the centre of humanitarian action moving away from the Western world to the local and the national but this move needs to accelerate,” he said.

“International aid agencies cannot just pitch up, patch up and push-off, they also have to ensure that people and countries are better prepared to withstand future shocks.

“Having local organisations already on the ground that are primed to go will increase both the speed and the efficiency of the aid effort and ultimately will save more lives.”

Young said the shift was vital as significant demands would be placed on the humanitarian system in the coming years with the expected rise in the number of disasters, and the failure to adequately resolve conflicts and turn round failed states.

“Shifting more money to preventing and reducing the risk of disaster makes eminent sense but it does not mean taking it away from urgent humanitarian response. It is not the case of either or. We will still need the funds to immediately respond to dire human crises,” Young said.  

 

Want Pro Bono Australia News delivered straight to your inbox? Subscribe now – it's free! 




Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Women Making Clothes for Australians Trapped in Poverty

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 27th February 2019 at 10:39 am

‘Toxic’ Amnesty Workplace Sparks Criticism of Australian Social Sector Culture

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 13th February 2019 at 5:29 pm

Oxfam Finds Widening Wealth Gap in Australia

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 22nd January 2019 at 4:27 pm

Review Finds Sexual Misconduct Failures Within Oxfam

Luke Michael

Monday, 21st January 2019 at 4:31 pm

POPULAR

‘They don't see eye-to-eye’: Leadership turmoil engulfs the ACNC

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 16th April 2019 at 8:24 am

People with severe mental illness left behind in NDIS transition

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 16th April 2019 at 4:25 pm

NFPs struggling to measure their impact

Luke Michael

Thursday, 11th April 2019 at 4:33 pm

Government under mounting pressure over disability royal commission appointees

Luke Michael

Thursday, 18th April 2019 at 5:36 pm

Community Sector Banking
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get the social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!