The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies shares a mix of hope and gloom in its recent report “Hunger, Disaster, Hope: Rethinking Humanitarian Action in Africa.”
Do you want the good or the bad news first?
Right inthe foreword, you can find the following passage. “Critical” might be an understatement:
«Despite unprecedented wealth and progress in the world, the lives of Africa’s extremely poor are characterized by pitiless hunger, preventable diseases, inadequate living conditions and the tragic loss of lives. And their plight is worsening at a rapid pace.»
Which is followed by this. Followed, as in located in the next paragraph:
«[The focus of this report] is on hope, on moving ahead, and on the belief (…) that the success achieved by [the RCRC] African National Societies points to a model for the road ahead.»
The report is one part good news for every two or three statistical and narrative tragedy. Its conclusion seems to favor the idea that, while the IFRC’s work is good and its effectiveness is improving, they are not close to achieving their desired impacts.
The report is available for download as PDF file at the ALNAP Network website.