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IRIN Examines Innovation, Adaptation For Humanitarian Response

As part of its series titled “Humanitarian Futures,” IRIN examines how humanitarian response programs are changing in light of technological innovation, as well as a host of emerging risks including climate change, global population growth and a population shift toward urban centers. Because “donors, local [non-governmental organizations (NGOs)], citizens groups, private sector actors, militaries, and diaspora members are gaining prominence” and aid from privatized donors is growing, “agencies will be forced to adopt more business-like models to raise and sustain funding, say analysts,” the news service notes. The article also suggests humanitarian agencies embrace and experiment with new technologies in funding and aid response, as well as assess how they can add value in the shifting aid environment (8/6).

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