Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 22 September 2020

Abstract and Keywords

Humanitarian organizations are challenged today by shifting geopolitical and economic realities and changes spurred by forces of globalization. Emergency relief to respond to natural disasters and aid to civilians affected by conflict have dominated the work of a wide range of humanitarian organizations since World War II. Both systems and principles come under increasing scrutiny as needs increase and situations are complicated not only by protracted crises and financial constraints but also by mounting risks linked to changing climate and weak state governance. The 2016 World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, focused global attention on both current and emerging challenges for humanitarian principles and organization. This chapter situates humanitarian organizations briefly in their historical context, outlines the institutional framework, and highlights contemporary debates that turn around questions about whether the system is broken or simply broke.

Keywords: humanitarian, disaster, refugees, humanitarian organizations, World Humanitarian Summit

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.