Humanitarian Aid International’s Commitments towards the World Humanitarian Summit
Humanitarian Aid International (HAI) is an Indian NGO, based at New Delhi, India with the aim of providing humanitarian assistance to the people affected by disasters, climate change and extreme events within India and in other countries abroad. HAI has been recently established, but the founding members of HAI have been associated with the WHS process in different capacities and roles, and hence the Summit’s main event, side events and outcomes are of key significance to HAI, whose aim is to work globally to alleviate poverty, hunger, conflict and violence. HAI reaffirms its commitment in support of the five core responsibilities of the Agenda for Humanity and reiterates the five priorities spelt out by Ban Ki- Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations in One Humanity: A Shared Responsibility.
CORE RESPONSIBILITY ONE: Global leadership to prevent and end conflicts
We firmly believe that covert support from state actors to non-state actors, in order to establish political hegemony or push economic interest, is one of the key factors of increasing conflicts which often become protracted crises. HAI will collaborate with other Southern NGOs and networks to hold governments and other stakeholder groups accountable, so that they uphold their mandates and calibrate early solutions.
Poverty and deprivation also force people to join armed struggles and violent conflicts. HAI programmes will systematically address the root causes of poverty and would work as deterrent for people to join violent struggle.
CORE RESPONSIBILITY TWO: Uphold the norms that safeguard humanity
We will strive to ensure that International Humanitarian Laws (IHL) are strictly adhered to by all state actors. Punitive actions must follow in case of any violation. We will advocate and lobby for safety of aid workers who are increasingly at risk in conflict zones. We will demand for zero tolerance to civilian deaths in the name of collateral damage. HAI will adhere with and promote the humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and impartiality in all circumstances. HAI will promote greater awareness on IHL among the civil society organisations and Southern NGOs so that they would reaffirm their rights-based programming and uphold the rights and entitlements of the people affected by disasters, climate change, conflicts and extreme events.
CORE RESPONSIBILITY THREE: Leave no one behind
HAI firmly believes that the ultimate solution to displacement is not providing refuge and granting asylum, but seeking permanent and lasting solutions to conflicts, so that displaced people settle back to their places of origin with absolute safety and protection. However, until solutions are agreed, the displaced populations’ right to life with dignity must be ensured. Protection of the rights of population-on-move, or in displacement must be a top priority.
Simultaneously, given the high number of refugees and asylum seekers and long periods of displacement, HAI will also advocate for special programmes with host communities, in order to minimise hostility and ensure better integration. HAI commits to be inclusive of excluded and invisible people in all programmes, particularly of women, children, elderly, disabled and socially marginalised.
CORE RESPONSIBILITY FOUR: Change people’s lives – from delivering aid to ending need
HAI commits to break the silos of humanitarian and development programmes by bringing resilience at the centre stage. All humanitarian and development programmes will lead to addressing risks, vulnerability and exposure.
HAI commits to work on improving the policy environment in order to protect the rights and entitlements of the vulnerable and at risk communities.
HAI commits to constantly strive for the synergy of humanitarian programmes with development programmes of all actors, in order to address the root causes of poverty and vulnerability.
CORE RESPONSIBILITY FIVE: Invest in humanity
HAI firmly believes that local actors do have the capacity to respond. They only lack resources to be more prompt and effective. Being a local actor, HAI is better placed to address this gap. We commit ourselves to strengthen the network of local organisations, and support them with adequate resources (professional, technical and financial) to reduce the response time.
HAI commits to address the flaws of humanitarian financing by bringing local actors at forefront of humanitarian response, in order to reduce the administrative expenses, so that maximum resources are utilised on programmes.
HAI believes that the corporate sector has tremendous potential to contribute to alleviate humanitarian suffering. HAI will constantly work with the corporate sector enterprises and national governments for poverty reduction, income generation, vulnerability reduction, education and livelihood diversification, especially in disaster-affected areas by facilitating stakeholder engagement.
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