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Broke or broken? A necessary discussion about the humanitarian funding gap – Chapter 2

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Chapter 2: rewriting the humanitarian narrative

The humanitarian funding gap is a direct threat to our collective ability to meet the basic needs of communities affected by conflicts and disasters. While all options should be considered to mobilize the necessary funds, innovative funding alone will not suffice to reconcile the increasingly divergent trajectories between needs and funding. At the same time, recurring access issues and the growing number of voices denouncing an outdated post-colonial aid system raises a difficult question: is the funding gap a symptom of a more serious problem? How can we restore a humanitarian narrative that is acceptable to all and seen as synonymous with a global public good?


This document has been prepared by Egmont Royal Institute for the European Commission (DG ECHO) and it reflects solely the views of the authors. The Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


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