Australia has a proud history of supporting people affected by crises. It has been a champion for the rights of women and girls, led the charge on disability inclusion, and been a steadfast supporter of disaster affected countries around the world.
But as the global humanitarian landscape shifts, Australia must realign its strategy to ensure it continues to reach the people in greatest need.
Humanitarian crises are today driven overwhelmingly by conflict and violence, and the persistent gap between needs and funding demands all governments increase their support to better respond to the most pressing global challenges.
Right now, the situation on the ground in the humanitarian space is not positive. There are more displaced people than ever, the toll of conflict and violence on civilians is high, and the globe is facing the greatest food crisis in modern history. Needs have escalated dramatically, around 70 per cent over the past three or four years.
ACFID’s Humanitarian Advisor Natasha Chabbra joins Jess to give a picture of how targeted humanitarian action helps those most in need.