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The architecture of the international aid system is constantly changing. Changes such as the United Nations’ Humanitarian Reform, changing funding mechanisms, attempts to promote uniformity between donors and the establishment of integrated missions have affected the structure of humanitarian aid and have had direct consequences for implementing agencies.

In recent years there has been large-scale restructuring of UN and EU institutions. The United Nations reform has had major consequences for crisis management mechanisms and for the humanitarian response system. The European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid has also been a major development. It is important to monitor these changes and to consider the risks and opportunities that they represent, particularly concerning issues related to coordination (the Cluster system) and integration.

There have also been several reforms and initiatives related to international funding mechanisms such as the Good Humanitarian Donorship Initiative (GHDI), which was launched in June 2003 by donor members of the OECD. Based on a number of essential principles, it is an attempt to make humanitarian action more effective and organised by establishing a common approach to humanitarian assistance and improving the coherence between donors. New donors have also emerged, whose practices and reference frameworks it is important to understand.

Via research, evaluations and the organisation of events, we analyse the changes that are taking place and encourage debate between actors on these key issues.

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More than the Money – Localisation in practice, Final report, July 2017, in English
Séismes - Quelques leçons du Népal, François Grünewald, Préventique – No 144, janvier 2016
Post-earthquake Haiti changes in aid for the better? , Blog & articles - The Humanitarian Space - Humanitarian Practice Network, François Grünewald, 15 janvier 2015
Bibliography: Cash transfers - lessons learned from using this new form of aid, Humanitarian Aid on the move n°14, October 2014, in French
Assistance et protection des déplacés - Enjeux et effets pervers de l’aide humanitaire, François Grünewald, Les Grands Dossiers de Diplomatie n° 22, août - septembre 2014
Out of the box: key messages , Groupe URD’s 20th anniversary, 30-31 May 2013
Report: "Emerging humanitarian donors", November 2009, in French
Study report "links NGOs [...] research", September 2009, in French
« Happy Birthday ECHO », François Grünewald, summer 2003
« The French humanitarian system: reform, but how much real change? », François Grünewald, Humanitarian Exchange, July 2002, issue 21