For her interesting article 'The World Humanitarian Summit: talking shop or game changer?', IRIN’s Louise Redvers sought the opinions of RSC Director Alexander Betts, WHS secretariat chief Jemilah Mahmood, Mike Noyes of Action Aid UK, Mike Penrose of Action Contre la Faim, and Claus Sorensen of ECHO about the process and build-up to the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit. This is a two-year process of extensive consultations in regions across the globe about how to improve humanitarian response and make it fit for the future.
Professor Betts highlighted the innovative nature of the process, with no fixed agenda but one that is constantly evolving according to what transpires during the consultations. He said, “One of the most interesting outputs from the summit process is the dialogue itself… The fact you have so many different stakeholders and perspectives engaging in dialogue and listening to one another in a forum that is not dominated by states is in itself unique and valuable.”