Change people’s lives: from delivering aid to ending need

Ending need requires the reinforcement of local systems and the anticipation and transcendence of the humanitarian-development divide.

While international humanitarian and development approaches bring relief and support to millions, they too often fail to sustainably improve the prospects of many people in fragile and crisis prone environments. The Agenda for Humanity calls on leaders to change people’s lives by moving from delivering aid to ending need. This requires a different kind of collaboration among governments, international humanitarian and development actors and other actors. Partners need to work together across mandates, sectors and institutional boundaries and with a greater diversity of partners toward supporting local and national actors to end need and reduce risk and vulnerability in support of the 2030 Agenda. This will put people and their humanity at the centre of all efforts.

Agenda for Humanity Transformations

The Agenda for Humanity advocates for a number of strategic and normative transformations that are necessary in order to make it a reality.

To move from delivering aid to ending need will require stakeholders to:

Summary of Commitments made

* The count includes Core, Individual and Joint commitments

Participants at the World Humanitarian Summit made thousands of individual and joint commitments in support of the major transformations laid out in the Agenda for Humanity. These commitments represent tangible actions that support the implementation of a core commitment, or more broadly to help achieve the Agenda for Humanity.

The Summit generated unprecedented support for a new way of working that meets people’s immediate needs, while at the same time reducing risk and vulnerability. Individual and joint commitments focused on investing in and building on the capacities of local and national humanitarian actors, including people and communities directly affected by crises; increasing investments in risk analysis, disaster risk reduction, early warning and early action to better address disasters and adopting more joined-up approaches between humanitarian and development action.

A selection of individual and joint commitments made

  • ACT Alliance Faith-based OrganisationGlobal

    ACT Alliance will continue to demonstrate, learn from, identify and share best practice in local-national-international partnerships, in line with the Principles of Partnership, that is inherent in the ACT Alliance's vision and working practices. It will also seek to encourage partnerships directly between local and national members through national and regional ACT Forums, encouraging complementarity and equality.

    • Commitment Type Policy
  • ACT Alliance Faith-based OrganisationGlobal

    ACT Alliance will support the agency of people by substantially increasing the proportion of our humanitarian investment that goes to cash transfer programming. Before providing in-kind inputs, it will ask itself whether cash would work in this context. It will share learning across the ACT Alliance network on best practice in cash approaches, and increase capacity-building on cash for local and national members.

    • Commitment Type Policy

    ActionAid will ensure in each response that its staff will be accompanied by front-line responders and local organisations when attending collective coordination platforms. ActionAid will also advocate for the inclusion of front-line responders and local organisations to ensure they have a seat at the table in collective response coordination processes.

    • Commitment Type Partnership