As part of Devex’s Making Markets Work campaign, ICRC’s Mechthild Rombach and Thalie Bareilles submitted a guest column on the subject of collaboration, innovation, pilots and the importance of bringing projects to scale.

“How collaboration can cure pilotitis”

Providing humanitarian assistance to those affected by long-term conflict has never been more complex or difficult. Protracted conflict causes infrastructure and services to crumble, leaving people without water, electricity, health care, transport and education. This lack of basic requirements and systems can lead to entire generations — current and future — being lost.

In 2015, 65.3 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide  and today some 1.5 billion people live in situations of continuous instability and violence; 120 million of them are in urgent need of some form of humanitarian assistance.

However, it has become clear that aid as it was originally conceived, i.e. the provision of relief assistance, is no longer sufficient on its own. New thinking, new approaches and a concerted cross-sector effort are required — not only because humanitarians do not have all the answers but also because they no longer have the capacity or means to respond to the growing volume of needs by themselves. The annual total value of worldwide humanitarian action is now more than $15 billion, while the cost of conflict around the world is estimated to be between $10 and 15 trillion per year, or 10 per cent of global GDP.

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