What a humanitarian NGO looks like? is there a divide line between Development NGO and pure humanitarian NGO? What checklist could be used to differentiate then if necessary during the assessment?

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Yves Ngunzi
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September 21, 2017 at 1:48 pm

According to STP project statistics 25 of all partners or close to 45% have limited or no humanitarian remit, defined according to level of time, staff and focus spent on humanitarian work.

NNGOs chosen by NSCs did often not have a substantial humanitarian profile, but would be involved in several other development related activities. As interviewee said, and supported by others: “These were the best ones around considering our options.” In Ethiopia, for instance, which has comparably limited experiences with NNGOs playing clear roles in humanitarian assistance, 8 out of 10 NNGOs had limited or no humanitarian experience. Also in Kenya humanitarian experiences by NNGOs are often much less than in countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh and DRC.

The variety of partners chosen partly reflects different country and emergency contexts. The nature of emergency work often results in huge influx of resources during the early stages of a disaster. When the disaster later diminishes or when the international attention shifts, resources for humanitarian work similarly quickly reduce. Only few local organisations would therefore be able to survive with a purely humanitarian remit. The missing humanitarian remit was recently confirmed during a visit by STPs international capacity building advisor to the three African STP countries. Here is it was found that only one partner had an existing Disaster Preparedness Plan.

What a humanitarian NGO looks like? is there a divide line between Development NGO and pure humanitarian NGO? What checklist could be used to differentiate then if necessary during the assessment?

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  • mamun_rashid
    Participant
    September 27, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Thanks for putting the right question at right time. It is really difficult to divide non profit organisation now in our country. The non profit sector are also involved in the micro credit sector which make them more commercial organisation.

    It is really time to think differently to the NGO sector.

    Joseph V Sedlacek
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    March 30, 2018 at 6:28 am

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