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Today, Africa is in the grip of an unprecedented crisis, heightened by the inability of homegrown African organizations to engage readily in the search for solutions to the continent’s problems. On ...

Today, Africa is in the grip of an unprecedented crisis, heightened by the inability of homegrown African organizations to engage readily in the search for solutions to the continent’s problems. On a positive note, millions of displaced persons have been able to experience a voluntary, safe and dignified return home. However, with an estimated 22 million people remaining forcibly displaced across the continent, significant challenges remain. African in spirit, concept and composition, AHA is a pan-African non-governmental organization providing effective humanitarian assistance to alleviate human suffering building on the strength of African people to solve African problems. Hence, the paper outlines a transformational change in indigenous humanitarian capacity development directions towards addressing the root causes of forced displacement and human migration. The directional change entails addressing issues of human security that seeks to protect people against a broad range of threats to individuals and communities and, further, to empower them to act on their own behalf and to forge a global alliance against forced displacement.
Key words: transformational change, indigenous humanitarian capacity development

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Transformational change in humanitarian operations Transformational change in humanitarian operations Presentation Transcript

  • g Transformational Change:Strengthening African Capacity for Enhanced and Sustainable Humanitarian Action Case Study Mercy Medical Relief Society Doing it Better:Transforming Humanitarian Efforts International g Humanitarian Conference 2011 f Kuwalalumpur Nov 26-29
  • The State Of Human Despair In Africa• an estimated 22 million people remaining forcibly displaced;• 13 million are starving in the Horn of Africa;• mal governance and Conflicts a go e a ce a d Co cts• Diseases of poverty• African organizations suffer from ca o ga a o ss e o insufficient funding to up-grade competences and structures to a p competitive level to deal with this challenge
  • Paradigm shifts necessary for transformational change f i l h• What is the overall rationality or significance of the great traffic of international projects of in fragile states, the proliferating activities g , p g that seem to show little regard for economy of co-ordination?• How far and in what ways do various international agencies, programmes, mechanisms, mechanisms forms of knowledge and technical assistance feed on one another in helping set the boundaries of CD reform in fragile states?
  • Africa Humanitarian Action African in spirit, concept andcomposition, AHA i a pan-African iti is Af i non governmental non-governmental organization (NGO) providing effectivehumanitarian assistance to alleviateh i i i ll i human suffering building on the strength of African people to solve African problems.
  • Background• Founded in 1994 in response to the Rwandan genocide;• Supported nine million people in 16 African countries to regain their health, dignity and well-being g y g• Currently AHA works in 18 African countries• Values: AHA seeks to empower African people p p
  • Goal: ensure that vulnerable African communities face minimal risk of disasters and receive the necessary di d i h humanitarian assistance when they occurObjectives: strengthen AHA’s programme delivery capability so it can implement effective disaster prevention, mitigation and response work throughout Africa;Outputs:O t t enhanced structures, offices and h d t t ffi d trained staff in place to deliver more extensive programmes to reach more people at risk from and affected by disasters
  • AHA Outcomes• Diversified and scaled up assistance are provided;• Humanitarian values included in all p g programmes; ;• Complementary programme areas are identified;• Associations/offices are harmonized ;• Successful health promotion are solidified; S f l h lth ti lidifi d• Mainstreaming gender, specially focusing on SGBV; ;• Application of knowledge and learning level;• Improved management information;• Improved operational systems and procedures; I d ti l t d d• Enhanced long-term financial sustainability;• Improved results and impact measurements established and practiced
  • Operations• Corporate Planning Operations & Impact M&E Planning,• Capacity Development• Code of Practice for a mutual accountabilityy contribute to on going efforts of the CD partnership towards commitment to the use of standard practices • serve as a guiding document for improving the partnership by setting out institutional modalities aimed at enhancing pluralistic processes and foster a genuine to a locally driven approach • enable societies & polities to be aware of acts of public offence • build systems of knowledge management (KM) for CD
  • ConclusionAHA endeavors and works to• foster institutions which currently do not exist;• reorienting institutions which have been diverted to non-humanitarian c ends; and• building in-country capacity for democratic in country governance on the basis of African demand and with a minimum of outside expertise
  • http://www.africahumanitarian.orghttp://www africahumanitarian org