Humanitarians in Istanbul

The World Humanitarian Summit launched this week in Istanbul, Turkey in a push to shake up the status quo: An under-funded humanitarian system that can’t keep up with ever-growing crises.

With UN crisis appeals only 16% funded and protracted humanitarian emergencies demanding a shift in strategy, the 5,000 reps from NGOs and UN member states will discuss the need for more funds, accountability, and reform.

But the event is not without its skeptics: “Médecins Sans Frontières, one of few organizations to provide health care in some of the world’s hottest conflict zones, pulled out of the summit earlier this month over concerns that WHS would fall short on the most fundamental indicator of success: protecting humanitarian professionals and civilians in crises,” write Elizabeth Dickinson and Adva Saldinger.


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