UK's Department for International Development calls for radical reform of humanitarian system
The UK's Department for International Development has released a plan to reform its approach to humanitarian assistance. Entitled 'Saving lives, building resilience, reforming the system: the UK Government’s Humanitarian Reform Policy', it proposes three key changes:
- An increased focus on helping countries to prepare for humanitarian crises, build resilience, and on resolving conflicts, not just responding when disaster strikes;
- Bringing together humanitarian and development funding to support education, jobs, health, and social protection, as protracted crises continue for longer;
- Pushing for more radical reform of the international humanitarian system, to promote greater efficiency and more use of innovation, including working with the private sector on insurance and risk management.
The UK has strongly highlighted its willingness to lead international reform of humanitarian assistance, with Secretary of State for International Development Priti Patel speaking at both the UN General Assembly and the Conservative party conference. In 2015, the UK’s humanitarian spending totaled £1.266 billion (US$1.94 billion), 16.5 % of its total Official Development Assistance (ODA).