Statement

The problem we are addressing

For a long time 'Aid has been driven by good intentions and has relied on big budget projects from a few Western Government Agencies'(Raj Kumar), resulting in underlying biases, trade-offs and inefficiencies. The current system is set up to maintain this status quo, even though it is widely recognised that things need to change and a disrupter to the existing incentives is required by hearing directly from affected populations. 'One of the underlying weaknesses is the system's inability to effectively incorporate the needs and perspectives of people in crisis into the way it operates.' (ODI HPG).

Who is affected ?

People
because they feel marginalized, not listened to, and are not having their basic needs met in the most effective way for them.
Donors
because their funds could be used to deliver greater impact.
Service Providers
because they need to build trust and engage with communities to be able to access populations, to empower sustainability and local ownership of solutions, and to deliver high quality support.

This occurs globally across the development and humanitarian sector.

Current Solutions

Various actors are trying to address this problem through improvements within the existing architecture