Ensure aid reaches civilians in need of life-saving assistance during responses to natural disasters and conflict

Our members have identified a number of common issues that require attention and action to ensure the principled and effective delivery of UK aid. More details can be found here.

  • The UK Government must support principled humanitarian assistance. In order to ensure safe access to those in need, humanitarian assistance must be governed by the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence.
  • There have been collective international failures to provide meaningful protection to civilians during conflict. Full adherence to International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law and International Refugee Law is essential.
  • Future humanitarian funding should be increased to meet growing global needs and the commitments made in the Grand Bargain to improve humanitarian financing.
  • Younger and older people must receive appropriate and accessible assistance, and be empowered to participate in the design and delivery of relief.
  • The UK government should push for the implementation of commitments made on GBV, to ensure that women and girls, as well as men and boys, of all ages have safe access to lifesaving GBV services.
  • Dealing with more humanitarian crises in cities and responding effectively to the needs of urban residents during crises requires urgent attention, commitment and funding.