RISK III: From evidence to action

NGOS, Humanitarian Action, and Risk Management

Today, humanitarians around the world operate under increasing risk and uncertainty. From Afghanistan to Ukraine to Yemen and beyond, protracted crises, natural disasters, and growing politicization of aid pose significant dilemmas to humanitarian action, programming, and the timely delivery of life-saving aid. These operational challenges preceded the global Covid-19 pandemic, yet the strain on humanitarian systems has both exacerbated and created new dimensions of risk. How organizations perceive and manage this risk impacts where they work, with whom, and how.

Humanitarian Risk @ CDA

Risk III is a prime example of CDA’s collaborative learning, listening, and systems analysis approaches in action…together! Through Risk I and II, InterAction identified the most critical questions for humanitarian practitioners, then sought CDA’s partnership to design a way to learn with colleagues across the globe. With the help of 179 humanitarian practitioners from 39 countries and representing 52 international and local NGOs, these approaches helped Risk III create the most robust data set and analysis to date related to risk management in humanitarian response and operations.

Funded by USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance

Breaking the risk management traps that limit humanitarian action

Over the past two years, CDA has partnered with InterAction to identify and understand risk management “traps” that limit organizations’ abilities to meet humanitarian needs and adapt to complex contexts, as well as the strategic changes that can break these traps. 

Risk III: From Evidence to Action defines strong risk management and the success factors of flexible and people-centered policy and practice. Risk is inevitable in humanitarian contexts. This work is a significant step to equip responsive and quality program delivery in some of the most challenging contexts.

Visit InterAction’s page on the Risk III project here

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