On The Road to Istanbul: How Can the World Humanitarian Summit Make Humanitarian Response More Effective?

Publication language
Date published
14 Sep 2015
Plans, policy and strategy
Accountability and Participation, Accountability to affected populations (AAP), Inclusion, Preventing Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH), System-wide performance
Use in Humanitarian Programme Cycle
All phases of the HPC
CHS Alliance

Bringing together 13 leading humanitarian thinkers to discuss challenges to greater humanitarian effectiveness, On the road to Istanbul, the 2015 edition of the Humanitarian Accountability Report, offers concrete solutions to many of the issues raised during the regional consultations for the World Humanitarian Summit.

Written with the support of more than 30 peer reviewers, the report suggests that in order to improve effectiveness, the humanitarian sector should build upon and reinforce five key areas:

  • Principled humanitarian response, which builds trust and facilitates access;
  • Standards, which have shown to support appropriate, effective and timely aid;
  • National capacity, the strengthening of which is essential for effective and sustainable humanitarian response;
  • Collective accountability, which requires inclusiveness, transparency and a common language;
  • Good people management practices, which are paramount for effective aid.