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Sustainability in Humanitarian Action

Pursuing community and risk-driven approaches for crisis resistance.

Pursuing community and risk-driven approaches for crisis resistance.

Session blurb

Whilst humanitarian aid and crisis response are primarily about short-term intervention, finding more sustainable solutions to this process has become an imperative for the humanitarian sector. The influx and subsequent withdrawal of international aid workers - and the financial support that comes with them - not onlymake it difficult to sustain crisis management and prevention but can also have an adverse effect on the local community in question (as was notably the case in Liberia). How can crisis management become more sustainable? Would the devolution of responsibilities produce a moreconsistent and culturally sensitive humanitarian response? Should we switch to a risk-driven model with a greaterfocus on crisis prevention? What mechanisms can be put in place to ensure a more reliable flow of humanitarianfinancing? This panel will explore approaches to better integrate regional organisations and leadership into thedesign, implementation and assessment of humanitarian responses alongside the role of risk-informed crisisresilience in developing strategies for crisis sustainability.


Tej Dhami

Tej Dhami is Managing Director at The Change Coefficient, a social impact andinvestment advisory. Tej is a finance and enterprise development expert withextensive experience in social enterprise incubation across developed anddeveloping markets. She leverages her experience as an investor to help clientsbuild strong investment cases and develop strong risk mitigation strategies. Tej ispassionate about applying the principles of finance to build collaborativesolutions to today’s most pressing problems.

Jessica Fullwood-Thomas

Jess Fullwood-Thomas is a Resilience Advisor in the Economic Justice team atOxfam GB. On behalf of the Resilience and Climate Adaptation Unit she leads thework stream on linking humanitarian and development theories of change with afocus on complex and fragile contexts. In addition, she contributes to thoughtleadership on vulnerability and risk analysis tools. Jess has worked in the NGOsector for 7 years both in the UK and overseas, primarily supporting disaster riskreduction projects, resilience building programming in chronic slow-onset crisesand youth/women's participation and empowerment.

Geoff Goodwin

Geoff Goodwin is a Departmental Lecturer in Development Studies at the University of Oxford. He is an interdisciplinary political economist, drawingprimarily on economics, geography, anthropology and history. His current research focuses on the coproduction of water in Ecuador and Colombia.

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