Leaving No One Behind: Humanitarian Effectiveness in the Age of the Sustainable Development Goals

December 2015 | United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

The number of people in need of humanitarian assistance around the world continues to grow, with drivers of crisis becoming more protracted and complex. Despite tremendous advancements in the professionalization and reach of humanitarian action, many people still do not receive the assistance and protection they need, while others may be trapped in a “humanitarian holding pattern” that offers no clear path to better their circumstances.

Leaving no one behind: humanitarian effectiveness in the age of the Sustainable Development Goals explores what “humanitarian effectiveness” means in today’s world: better meeting the needs of people in crisis, better moving people out of crisis.

 

Suggested Citation: United Nations. (2015) “Leaving No One Behind: Humanitarian Effectiveness in the Age of the Sustainable Development Goals.” OCHA Policy and Studies Series.

Acknowledgments

Research for this study was undertaken jointly by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and CDA Collaborative Learning Projects.

Managing Editors: Lesley Bourns and Jessica Alexander

OCHA and CDA Collaborative Learning Projects research team: Kirsten Gelsdorf, Jessica Alexander, Brian Grogan, Lilian Barajas, Lesley Bourns, Andrew Billo, Dayna Brown, Sarah Cechvala, Pia Hussein, Isabella Jean, Romano Lasker, Veronika Martin, Paulina Odame, Rodolpho Valente, Andrew Bostrum, Nicole Goddard, Frederic Tutu Kama-Kama, Frederica Sawyer, Colin Richards, Sarah Rahman, and Ananita Varughese,