The fundamental purpose of Australian aid is to help people overcome poverty. AARDO humanitaian program is guided by five development priorities, as set out in An Effective Aid Program for Australia: Making a real difference – delivering real results.
What Is Humanitarian Aid?
Conflicts adversely affect civilians both directly, and indirectly, through the resulting “complex emergencies” that protracted conflicts create. In the immediate area of conflict, the primary aim is preventing human casualties and ensuring access to the basics for survival: water, sanitation, food, shelter, and health care. Away from the main fighting, the priority is to assist people who have been displaced prevent the spread of conflict, support relief work, and prepare for rehabilitation.
The fundamental purpose of Australian aid is to help people overcome poverty. Australian aid is guided by five development priorities, as set out in An Effective Aid Program for Australia: Making a real difference – delivering real results.
Efficiency and Effectiveness
- An effective and timely humanitarian relief operation has the capacity to save thousands of lives. It is also, however, an extremely difficult undertaking. Potential beneficiaries may be located within a zone of conflict or in areas with poor infrastructure, making it difficult and dangerous for humanitarian agencies to deliver assistance. As a result, help may reach only the most accessible areas, with other potential beneficiaries being neglected.
The ever-increasing number of agencies on the ground, the difficulty of obtaining accurate intelligence, and the unpredictability of humanitarian crises make effective management and coordination extremely difficult. Solving this problem requires improved intelligence gathering and sharing, as well as tight management and coordination..