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Addressing Humanitarian Challenges in Africa

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Bilen Shimelis

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2013 Annual Humanitarian Symposium,
28-29 October 2013 Nairobi, Kenya

Addressing Humanitarian Challenges in Africa
African Union Commission,
HARDP Division
Costantinos BT Costantinos, PhD
Professor of Comparative Public Policy, Graduate School, AAU,
Trustee, Africa Humanitarian Action
Talking point:
changing local capacities, roles and ownership;

Why Capacity Building Now?
the role of non-governmental organizations is changing
The roles of NGOs
local actors are increasingly becoming implementers of bilateral agreements between the donor and the state
The voice of the local partner is diminishing as is the gap between government and non-governmental bodies
There is no sense in speaking of parliamentary institutions and governance structure unless one fundamentally understands that citizens must have voices
Interests of donors
The flow of aid resources is increasingly shifting to countries with active military operations
organizations that traditionally have worked on serving the poor are being side-lined
Presented by:
Bilen Shimelis
Head, Relations
Africa Humanitarian Action
Civil society itself must be efficient, effective, accountable, and above all, independent, to play its full part; capacity building is essential for that to be possible.
Three challenges
One is to offer emergency and recovery assistance while rehabilitating lives and infrastructures for communities hit by disasters and conflicts

Two is enhancing local capacities in disaster preparedness and conflict prevention by helping vulnerable communities acquire skills and knowledge

And number three is the fight against diseases of poverty, from tuberculosis and malaria to HIV/AIDS
What Next?
An institution that could help Africans develop the tools they need for future success: an independent Centre for Humanitarian Action for Africa. With local expertise and global knowledge, such a centre would help build empowered, viable and sustainable African humanitarian institutions and mechanisms.
We hope for a positive future of an empowered civil society, to create viable agencies and viable states, able to offer African solutions to African problems.
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