Thought Pieces

The Case for Truly Neutral Humanitarian Financing

The Case for Truly Neutral Humanitarian Financing

Humanitarian funding is skewed by political bias and must recover a credible sense of neutrality to address massive humanitarian needs. To achieve this, Liana Ghukasyan calls on governments to live up to their Good Humanitarian Donorship commitments and take action to ensure aid reaches those who need it most, regardless of geopolitical interests.

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Navigating AI biases: ChatGPT, DALL-E and humanitarian workers

Navigating AI biases: ChatGPT, DALL-E and humanitarian workers

In a recent workshop on Generative Artificial Intelligence in the IFRC network, participants asked “how can we ensure that AI-driven humanitarian tools adhere to ethical guidelines, avoid biases, and prioritize the well-being of the communities they aim to serve?”. Picking up the bias conversation, we share a scary experiment on ChatGPT’s perception of humanitarian workers. This is an invitation to reflect on the systemic biases that Gen AI tools surface, and on how we use these tools.

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Do you hear the winds of change

Do you hear the winds of change

From November 9 to December 15, 2023, we explored the collective wisdom of our vibrant IFRC Network through a global survey. A total of 2,060 responses were gathered from volunteers, staff and leaders from 106 countries. They generously shared their thoughts and expectations for the future. Their responses are proof of the energy and richness of our Network, guiding us on a path of adaptation and improvement and portraying a landscape of both considerable and complicated threats alongside hope for the IFRC network and its future.

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Why do we need a glocalized development? Way to decentralize aid

Why do we need a glocalized development? Way to decentralize aid

It has been six years since the humanitarian agenda has reached a milestone after the UN Secretary General’s call for turning locally-led humanitarian action at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016. This was a call to change the function of global humanitarian system as the international humanitarian actors are falling back to meet up with the increasing needs derived from protracted natural hazards and long-lasting armed conflicts. As the costs of services increase and the high level of risks restrict international actors’ actions, aid has come to a bottleneck.

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Digitalisation in Humanitarian Action: the path forward

Digitalisation in Humanitarian Action: the path forward

As crucial key enablers in delivering effective and timely humanitarian aid to the people in need, digital technologies allow aid organisations to improve collaboration and communication while enabling the delivery of aid more efficiently; rendering a tailored emergency response based on the needs of the beneficiaries. In this scope, digitalisation is one of the Movement’s prioritized topics because it is rapidly shaping how our humanitarian operations and assistance activities are carried out; therefore, impacting how the humanitarian sector is serving the aforementioned affected populations. To stay up-to-date and relevant in different contexts, the humanitarian sector is testing and adopting digital technologies on a multitude of different levels in order to improve the speed, efficiency, and effectiveness of humanitarian operations.

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