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Literature monitoring - January 2019

 Aid architecture

The State of the Humanitarian System 2018, Paul Knox Clarke et al., ALNAP Study, London: ALNAP/ODI, December 2018.
The 4th edition of the State of the Humanitarian System report evaluates the general performance and progress of the international humanitarian system. It identifies the major changes and main trends that have emerged in recent years. The impact of the changes brought about by the commitments of the World Humanitarian Summit and the Grand Bargain are analysed, particularly regarding aid localisation, resilience and inclusion. Case studies and hundreds of interviews were carried out in order to take into account the different kinds of crises and responses that exist.


Climate Change Adaptation in Africa, The Global Environment Facility (GEF), UNDP, October 2018.
According to this report by UNDP, climate change threatens to reverse a decade of economic growth and social progress in Africa. The case studies describe the adaptation efforts made in different countries supported by UNDP over the last 15 years. There have been a number of successes, but long-term sustainability will depend on poverty levels, the broader context in terms of policy and regulation, access to markets and financial services, as well as the capacity of governments to provide continuous technical support to communities.

 Humanitarian space

Humanitarian action and foreign policy: Balancing interests and values, B. Willitts-King, S. El Taraboulsi-McCarthy and J. Bryant, HPG Report, ODI, November 2018.
This paper, the final outcome of a two-year HPG research project on the relationship between state foreign policy and humanitarian action, looks at how the role governments play in responding to crises in other countries is influenced by a wider set of foreign policy drivers than the humanitarian imperative alone. Can aid be both principled and in the national interest? Are humanitarian values under greater threat today than they were in the past? These questions are also considered in case studies that can be found at the following address: