Getting ahead of crises: A thesaurus for anticipatory humanitarian action
The recent shift in humanitarianism from thinking in terms of response to
anticipatory action has not only great intuitive appeal but there is also growing
consensus on the value of acting early in terms of both cost-effectiveness and
efficiency. As a new way of thinking and acting, this innovative approach comes with a new
parlance and vocabulary. This thesaurus is intended to enable reflection on the similarities and differences
in the way organizations use language associated with the concept of
anticipatory humanitarian action. Its purpose is not to define terms but to
facilitate mutual understanding and, thus, coordination and collaboration
across the multitude of organizations operating in this space.
de Wit, Sara
Centre for Disaster Protection; the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre; OCHA
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