Courting Catastrophe? Humanitarian Policy and Practice in a Changing Climate

Eriksen, S., Naess, L. O., Haug, R., Bhonagiri, A. and Lenaerts, L.
Publication language
Date published
01 Jul 2017
Plans, policy and strategy
Environment & climate, Climate Action (SDG)
Institute of Development Studies (IDS)

Humanitarian crises appear dramatic, overwhelming and sudden, with aid required immediately to save lives. Whereas climate change is about changing hazard patterns and crises are in reality rarely unexpected, with academic researchers and humanitarian and development organisations warning about possible risks for months before they take place. While humanitarian organisations deal directly with vulnerable populations, interventions are part of global politics and development pathways that are simultaneously generating climate change, inequities and vulnerability. So what is the level of convergence between humanitarian interventions and efforts to support adaptation to climate change, and what lessons can be drawn from current experience on the prospects for reducing the risk of climate change causing increased burdens on humanitarian interventions in the future?