A bit of rain resulted in this puddle. Due to lack of water in the Sanaag region, Somalia, Faisel (right) says he and his family have no choice but to drink this, even though it gives them diarrhea.


Climate change, new technologies, new actors delivering humanitarian aid, and the changing power balance in global governance: humanitarian action is situated in a rapidly changing world. KUNO facilitates reflection on the current role of international humanitarian actors and the roles they may fulfil in the future.

The future of humanitarian aid

Several trends will change humanitarian practice fundamentally. Climate change will cause more natural hazards of a higher intensity annually, and seemingly ceaseless protracted conflicts will cause an increase in the annual number of people in need. New actors such as local and national responders, new donors, private companies, strong faith-based NGOs and the national and international military organizations increasingly play a role in fulfilling growing humanitarian needs. New technologies have the ability to both help relieve conflict situations and exacerbate them. Shifting power dynamics in global governance, with an increasing role for Southern actors with developing economies, also affect the humanitarian system.

International NGOs have to consider these trends and think about their role in future scenarios. Recent reports have indicated that if international humanitarian NGOs are not to become side-lined by parallel structures, they should start thinking about their added value and strategize for the future. KUNO organizes reflective discussions with humanitarian actors and others on the consequences of the new humanitarian setting and the possible added value of Dutch humanitarian organizations in the future.

Further readings

Further readings