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Disasters: before and after as important as during

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GNDR’s position paper for the WHS.

There is a lot of talk on Twitter at the moment about needing to #ShareHumanity, #ReshapeAid, and promote #HumanIstanbul. With the World Humanitarian Summit around the corner a lot of buzz words are being thrown around and I don’t really know what they mean. I do know that if we really want to reduce the amount of humanitarian need, we can’t just wait until the disasters happens. We need to ensure people’s resilience to disasters is strengthened every time a building is constructed, every time water and sanitation services are improved, every time a school curriculum is designed. It is not enough to change the way we respond during crises, we must also change the way we work before and after them.

So I don’t think that the Twitter hashtag #ShareHumanity fully encompasses the level of reform needed not just in the humanitarian system, but also in the development, DRR and climate adaptation systems. But then I guess #WeNeedtoCompletelyChangeTheWayWeWorkUrgently isn’t as catchy.

Read more about how this could be done, and how it is currently being done by our members, in GNDR’s position paper for the WHS.

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