published on ettg.eu, 29.04.2022
The first European Humanitarian Forum took place in March 2022. The hybrid event – co-hosted by the European Commission and the French Presidency of the Council of the EU – attracted a range of high-profile politicians and representatives from the humanitarian aid community and beyond. None of the various challenges the humanitarian community is facing are new: conflicts and climate change generate a growing number of people in need as well as refugees and internally displaced people while humanitarian funding from too few donors is stagnating. While the Forum addressed these and many other aspects, it did not offer many new insights and approaches. This commentary provides an overview of key takeaways and the aspects to keep in mind for the way forward.