Humanitarian crises in the foreseeable future will not be restricted to North/South divides, but will increasingly spill across continents in ever more complex, fluid and non-linear ways.

Few doubt that the types, dimensions and dynamics of humanitarian crisis drivers will grow – in some instances, exponentially. Too little effort, however, seems to have been made to identify these for the humanitarian sector, or, where they have been identified, to move from scenario planning to action,

The traditional reactive response of humanitarian organisations will be inadequate to deal with the complexity of plausible future crisis drivers. Those who care about meeting the challenges of the future will have to plan from the future, namely, not relying upon the precedents of the past.

Starting in October 2018, Humanitarian Futures and Incitāre had a series of meetings and, from this, it was agreed that exploring the issues mentioned above in a Sector Survey would benefit individual humanitarian organisations, as well as coordinating and umbrella bodies and the sector as a whole.  The broad intention of the survey would be to have a far better idea about how the humanitarian sector understands futures, and how those with humanitarian roles and responsibilities factor futures issues and response measures into their strategies and operational plans.

How you can help?

Humanitarian Futures is looking for governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as the private sector and relevant research institutions, to contribute to a global review about what those with humanitarian roles and responsibilities are doing to identify longer-term risks, and what actions they might already be undertaking to strengthen their anticipatory capacities.

To read more about the survey, and to register your interest in helping, please click here.