For years, the humanitarian aid and development industry has been experiencing various changes to the ways it addresses global crises and development issues; from funding shortage due to a slowing global economy to the rise of virtual reality that improves organizations' capacity to showcase the scale of a humanitarian crisis, as well as the use of the blockchain technology which is currently revolutionizing how organizations can help fight the war against human trafficking.
But if there is one change that trump them all, it has to be the crack into the homogeneous mindset of the aid and development industry: we are indeed finally becoming inclusive - inclusive of new players who bring along with them new ideas, new ways of doing things, new partners, new principles and new values that are forcing its historic players to put the role and purpose of the aid and development industry in a different perspective. The disruption is worrisome and welcome at the same time as it is key to the effectiveness and survival of the aid and development industry.
To discuss these challenges, the World Economic Forum of Davos 2019 seemed to be a natural fora. And IRIN, the news agency focusing on humanitarian stories that needs no further introduction, has hosted an event on 22 January 2019 which highlighted who these new players are and to what extent they can help the aid and development industry increases its impact on the lives of millions.
For anyone interested in the future of the industry, especially young professionals interested in building a their career in this sector, the excellent takeaways of this event provided by IRIN is also a must read!