In the news: Adopting a new humanitarian strategy

United States, July 5, 2018

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  • Othman, 7, and his brother Ali, 13, moved with their family from West to East Mosul so they would be farther from conflict. PHOTO: Ezra Millstein/Mercy Corps

With 68.5 million people displaced around the world, we are facing an enormous humanitarian crisis — one that conflict and climate change will continue to exacerbate.

It’s time to rethink how we address this crisis, and it’s clear that the United States’ investment in humanitarian aid is more critical than ever.

In a piece featured in The Nation, our Senior Global Policy Advisor Madeline Rose calls for the United States to re-examine its global humanitarian strategy by focusing on violence reduction and conflict prevention.

“The United States cannot turn its back on its global humanitarian commitments, and the American people must push back against efforts to do so,” she says. “This is a moral imperative, but it is also a practical one: Our humanitarian leadership serves vital US interests, not only protecting our own people from the dangers of pandemics or the disruptions of mass refugee movements, but also advancing the United States’ moral authority in the world.”

Rose focuses on three main ideas in her suggested strategy: investment in violence reduction and conflict prevention, mitigation of and adaptation to climate change, and creation of a new humanitarian response system that puts power directly into affected people’s hands.

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Mercy Corps works in many of the places where this humanitarian crisis threatens people’s lives and livelihoods. Protecting those who are most vulnerable is critical to building a better world.