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The future of humanitarian action: an ICRC perspective

31-12-2011 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 884, by Claudia McGoldrick

This article gives one perspective of what the ICRC considers to be some of the key challenges facing humanitarian action now and in the coming years, and how the institution aims to address these challenges while remaining faithful to its fundamental principles of impartiality, neutrality, and independence.

Abstract

The evolving global environment in which humanitarian actors operate is posing profound challenges, both in terms of the increasing complexity of major crises and their impact on affected people, and in terms of the changes within the humanitarian sector itself as it tries to respond. This article gives one perspective of what the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) considers to be some of the key challenges facing humanitarian action now and in the coming years, and how the institution aims to address these challenges while remaining faithful to its fundamental principles of impartiality, neutrality, and independence.

Biography

Claudia McGoldrick works as Special Adviser to the ICRC’s Presidency and Office of the Director-General. Prior to joining the ICRC in 2006, she worked as Senior Country Analyst for the Norwegian Refugee Council and as Africa Director for the Committee to Protect Journalists in New York. As a journalist reporting for various international media outlets, she worked for several years in West Africa, Central Asia, and the UK.