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How climate change forces humanitarian aid to change

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12.01.2020

135 million people worldwide rely on humanitarian aid to help them cope with war, disasters related to natural hazards, and poverty. But the current system for providing this aid can’t keep up with a demand that is growing every year due to climate change and its consequences.

Climate change is a game changer: expectations are that many more people all over the world will be forced to flee their homes. It’s impossible for humanitarian agencies and NGOs to keep up with this number of people in need. The traditional ways of providing aid are no longer working in this new era.

In this lecture, given earlier this year at the University of the Netherlands, Professor Thea Hilhorst explains how and why our system for humanitarian aid needs to be fixed.  

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