Change people’s lives: from delivering aid to ending need

Ending need requires the reinforcement of local systems and the anticipation and transcendence of the humanitarian-development divide.

While international humanitarian and development approaches bring relief and support to millions, they too often fail to sustainably improve the prospects of many people in fragile and crisis prone environments. The Agenda for Humanity calls on leaders to change people’s lives by moving from delivering aid to ending need. This requires a different kind of collaboration among governments, international humanitarian and development actors and other actors. Partners need to work together across mandates, sectors and institutional boundaries and with a greater diversity of partners toward supporting local and national actors to end need and reduce risk and vulnerability in support of the 2030 Agenda. This will put people and their humanity at the centre of all efforts.

Agenda for Humanity Transformations

In his Agenda for Humanity, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon advocates for a number of strategic and normative shifts that are necessary in order to make the Agenda a reality.

To move from delivering aid to ending need will require stakeholders to:

Change People's Lives: From Delivering Aid to Ending Need

  • 4A
    Reinforce, do not replace, national and local systems
  • 4B
    Anticipate, do not wait, for crises
  • 4C
    Deliver collective outcomes: transcend humanitarian-development divides

Summary of individual and joint commitments made

Participants at the World Humanitarian Summit made thousands of individual and joint commitments in support of the major shifts laid out in the Agenda for Humanity. These commitments represent tangible actions that support the implementation of a core commitment, or more broadly to help achieve the Agenda for Humanity.

The Summit generated unprecedented support for a new way of working that meets people’s immediate needs, while at the same time reducing risk and vulnerability. Individual and joint commitments focused on investing in and building on the capacities of local and national humanitarian actors, including people and communities directly affected by crises; increasing investments in risk analysis, disaster risk reduction, early warning and early action to better address disasters and adopting more joined-up approaches between humanitarian and development action.

A selection of individual and joint commitments made

  • Action Against Hunger | ACF International NGOGlobal

    ACF International will include in all country strategies, for the next 5 years, structural support measures including multi-sectoral risk management, local capacities reinforcement and emergency response for the overarching goal of building resilience to manage risk rather than crises. Programs in high burden countries will produce and implement a risk management policy and secure support from donors for flexible and predictable resources.

    • Commitment Type Operational
  • Action Against Hunger | ACF International NGOGlobal

    ACF International will promote and demand a fully integrated approach to preparing, reducing and managing natural disasters and climate change risks by adequate field activities targeting the most vulnerable to ensure humanitarian and development goals are intertwined.

    • Commitment Type Advocacy
  • Action Against Hunger | ACF International NGOGlobal

    As a member of the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP), ACF International commit to working with states, humanitarian and development agencies and the private sector to build consensus, capacity, resources and commitment to scale up multipurpose humanitarian cash transfers in line with the calls to action laid out in the CaLP Agenda for Cash.

    • Commitment Type Advocacy