The constant tension between humanitarian and development aid frequently revolves around the aid delivery model. Humanitarian organisations work within a delivery system aimed to deliver life-saving aid quickly usually with only very limited attention to longer term objectives of transformative capacity Development organisations favour working within more bureaucratic and formal systems and emphasise government led processes based on the assumption that government will and can take responsibility for the welfare of its own citizens.

Neither of these systems work effectively in fragile areas, the assumption of government willingness and ability is weak in many fragile areas in the region and the repetition of humanitarian aid delivery year after year, without appropriate consideration of the long term impacts and potential of this investment, at best produces limited long lasting impacts on people lives and at worst creates harmful distortions in the local systems ability to cope and develop.

The new emphasis on programming to achieve resilience outcomes is forcing humanitarian and development organisations to work more closely together but what if what is needed is not only closer collaboration but a radically new model for fragile areas? Can the adaptability of humanitarian funding and aid organisations be harnessed with the greater resources and institutional development agendas of development aid? What would a ‘hybrid’ model look like? where would it be applicable and can entrenched systems be persuaded to change?

CHC projects designed to answer these questions and change policy and practice:

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