Last month the Centre for Humanitarian Action hosted the Irish Humanitarian Summit. The Irish Summit was a chance to affirm Ireland’s contribution to the World Humanitarian Summit, a global process designed to set the agenda for humanitarian action.
Developing the Irish contribution was a massive undertaking that involved consulting hundreds of different stakeholders, and analysing and synthesising their statements into something coherent that everyone could agree on (I assisted with consultation and did a lot of the analysis, but thankfully had no responsibilities for the final product). The Summit itself seemed to go pretty well–the speakers were great and the attendees I talked to said it was worthwhile. At the summit I helped facilitate a breakout session that reviewed the DRR/resilience recommendations, a main component of the agenda. Critiques were minor and mostly fell under the category of useful additions. Whew!
The Irish Humanitarian community put in a ton of work to produce this agenda. The final product is good, but I think what’s really important was the process of its creation: widespread consultations and transparent development of recommendations really helped build buy-in for the results. I think this process was done right, and laid the foundation for changes in Ireland down the line. Ireland, however, is just one country in a global process. Given massive amount of resources being dedicated to the World Humanitarian Summit, I really hope outputs lead to improvements in the humanitarian system.
Concern produced a nice little video of the day. I’m briefly featured at 49sec mark!