Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:00 to 16:00

Please join us for the launch of 'Where is everyone? Responding to emergencies in the most difficult places' a new MSF report which presents the results of a two year study.

This study is based on case studies from DRC, Jordan and South Sudan, aimed at gaining a better understanding of the problems and challenges the humanitarian aid sector is facing in emergency response.

The report’s main conclusions are that while the humanitarian system is capable of responding relatively effectively and positively on a large scale, it is not as effective at responding to new or hard-to-reach emergencies.There is a strong tendency away from difficult populations, areas or needs, with organisations increasingly averse to risk and avoiding difficult interventions for security, logistics, cost, reputational or just practical considerations. Consequently, the humanitarian community’s core responsibility of rapid and effective response to emergencies is presently not being effectively fulfilled. The problem is not money, but rather decisions by agencies which have under-prioritised good emergency response practice.

It is a qualitative report, drawing on relevant quantative data where it is available.  Read more about the report's methodology  and the summary of evaluations we drew on. 

Join us to discuss these findings with an expert panel at the official report launch. Please RSVP


Arjan Hehenkamp - General Director, MSF Holland
Sara Pantuliano - Director, Humanitarian Policy Group, Overseas Development Institute
Michael von Bertele - Humanitarian Director at Save the Children International
Paul Castella - Head of Mission for the International Committee of the Red Cross in London
Vickie Hawkins - Executive Director, MSF UK (Chair)


Room K1.56,
King's Building,
Strand Campus,
Kings College London,

Date and time

Monday 7th July 2014 - 2pm-4pm 

United Kingdom
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