We are entering an era of continual emergency. The aid system lacks the capacity to cope with crises on the scale to which we are likely to experience them. The Sounding the Siren Report will examine and advise on how the aid system can prepare and respond to the climate crisis we are facing.
The Sounding the Siren Report is a collaboration between UK-Med, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (University of Manchester), Save the Children, with funding from the UK Disasters Emergency Committee.
The study uses a mixed methods approach, based first on a literature review, summarizing key documents produced by academics, NGOs and UN agencies on the various impacts of climate change on the sector. It will also be based on interviews with key informants. The research team will be interviewing people who are involved with humanitarian strategy, planning and operations, based at headquarters, and in the field. The people surveyed should represent a cross-section of the sector, with representatives chosen to represent a mix of the following:
The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) is being held in the UK in November 2021. This is a once-in-a-generation chance to shift the dial and ensure the humanitarian sector and communities at risk are prepared and able to meet this threat, by amplifying what’s working and addressing what’s not.
The report will outline practical recommendations for policy makers, the humanitarian sector and the public to ensure we are acting now to meet this challenge.
The report will be published in October 2021. If you would like early access to the report’s findings, including a preview to the interactive digital story, sign-up below.