World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) Commitments

May 17, 2016

Mercy Corps will deliver these four core commitments at the WHS

In response to the UN Secretary-General’s call for all those invested in a more effective, efficient and responsive humanitarian system to make concrete commitments to his Agenda for Humanity, Mercy Corps will deliver these top core commitments at the WHS.

While our top core commitments and policy recommendations are relevant to the aim of preventing and ending conflict, we are conscious that these actions have greater impact through increased global resolve to address humanitarian challenges, renewed political leadership and solutions, and efforts by all humanitarian actors to change the way we work.

We stand together in alliance with our global partners, donors and our frontline team members delivering aid every day in increasingly difficult conditions.

1. Prevent and End Conflict

Commit to address structural root causes of conflict and work to reduce fragility by investing in the development of inclusive, peaceful societies. We will strive to aid in the prevention of crises through programming that mainstreams peace- building, conflict mitigation and good governance, with the goals of breaking cycles of conflict and fragility, and building the resilience of affected populations.

1.1. By 2020, use displacement data to better predict crisis onset, design crisis prevention programming, and position humanitarian assistance to contribute to greater resilience in the face of repeated shocks.

1.2. Actively use early warning findings to identify, address, and defuse critical risks before they deteriorate into intractable conflicts by using preventive diplomacy tools such as good offices, Peace and Development Advisors, groups of contact and mediation.

1.3. Conduct and share the learning from at least three major studies on countering violent extremism in complex crises by 2018.

2. From Delivering Aid to Ending Need

Commit to a new way of working that meets people’s immediate humanitarian needs, while at the same time reducing risk and vulnerability over multiple years through the achievement of collective outcomes.

2.1. Build on our action research agenda for adaptive management and navigating complexity by field-testing adaptive approaches in five response settings by 2018, and undertaking a major study on the operational implications of an adaptive approach.

3. Investing in Humanity

Commit to increase substantially and diversify global support and share of resources for humanitarian assistance aimed to address the differentiated needs of populations affected by humanitarian crises in fragile situations and complex emergencies, including increasing cash-based programming in situations where relevant.

3.1. Aim to scale up cash in 25% of our humanitarian assistance by 2018.

3.2. Contribute expertise and legitimacy to the WEF-facilitated Shaping Principles for Public-Private Collaboration in Humanitarian Payments, encourage others to do the same, and aim for the final principles to be broadly adopted in our own operations. We will use the principles to continue to accelerate the increase of responsible payments as an effective humanitarian programming modality, as appropriate.

3.3. Design and implement, in collaboration with partners: (a) New ways to ensure the humanitarian system creates, shares, and uses appropriate assessments and analysis at crisis inception and throughout the response that informs appropriate decisions about program modality and design; (b) New ways to effectively coordinate cash programming and break down sector silos; (c) Minimum standards and best practice in risk analysis and management, protection analysis, data protection and privacy, and working with financial services

4. Transforming Humanitarian Action for and with Young People

Prioritize investments in adolescents and youth in order to drive recovery and development, decrease fragility and break cycles of violence. Mercy Corps is a “supporter of the Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action.” This compact will be launched at WHS.

Furthermore, Mercy Corps commits to:

4.1. Aim to provide 10 million youth between the ages of 15-24 with access to socio-emotional programming, non-formal and informal education, and safe and equitable livelihood opportunities by 2020.

4.2. Ensure that female and male adolescents are meaningfully participating in the design, delivery, and monitoring of aid projects, and empower them to advocate at the local and national level on decisions impacting their lives.

4.3. Develop evidence-based approaches to reduce the vulnerability of youth to joining violent extremist groups by decreasing youth exposure to violence, promoting inclusive governance, and addressing youth grievances.