Case Studies: How to allocate humanitarian resources: advice from other sectors

Josephine Borghi and James Snowden
Date published
22 Feb 2018
Conference, training & meeting documents

How do humanitarian actors decide what they will spend their money on? What helps them make these decisions?

In trying to do the most they can with their resources, humanitarian donors and agencies face many challenging questions. Where is humanitarian need greatest? How can they reach as many people as possible with the money they have? Some donors and agencies have recognised the need to radically reform the way they fund and deliver responses in order to make best use of limited humanitarian funding. But when gaps in knowledge or rapidly-changing situations mean data is quickly out of date, they risk falling short of having the right information to make the right decisions.

This ALNAP webinar looked at the challenges humanitarian donors and agencies face around gathering and using evidence for allocating resources, and speak to experts in health and charity evaluation about what humanitarians can learn from other sectors.

In this review, we ask Josephine Borghi from LSHTM to bring her perspective from the health sector, and James Snowden from Givewell, to bring his experience as a charity evaluator, to advise humanitarian practitioners on allocating resources.

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