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Addressing Humanitarian Crises Requires New Approaches To Development Financing

The Guardian: The growing need for humanitarian aid means we must find a new approach to development
Kristalina Georgieva, co-chair of the U.N. secretary general’s High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing and vice president of the European Commission, and Borge Brende, Norway’s minister of foreign affairs

“…The relationship between humanitarian and development assistance urgently requires attention because the evidence has never been more clear that the distinctions between them are artificial. The wall needs to come down: addressing humanitarian crises is not only a prerequisite of sustainable development but also a necessity if the [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)] are to be achieved. Let’s have innovative ideas, including from our international finance institutions and development banks, on how to deal with greater fragility. We need new financial instruments which encourage giving and reward best practice. Despite the enormity and complexity of the challenge we remain optimists…” (9/26).