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Humanitarian response for development: lessons from Tropical Cyclone Winston

Keren Winterford, Anna Gero

IIED Briefing, 4 pages

Linking humanitarian response and development is an important agenda, with multiple drivers across both sectors’ landscapes. It is also a topical issue in Fiji, a country vulnerable to natural hazards. Our research aimed to learn from Fiji’s experience of response and recovery after Tropical Cyclone Winston hit in 2016; we found that the humanitarian response to the cyclone had no substantive influence on the longer-term governance and institutional arrangements for development. However, the study did reveal cross-sector aspirations and practical actions to strengthen the connections between humanitarian work and development (the ‘humanitarian-development nexus’). This research offers lessons for the sub-national and national governments of Fiji, as well as other governments and donors in the Pacific region and beyond, on how humanitarian response and early recovery can be strengthened to contribute to development goals.

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Urban areas are increasingly the sites of humanitarian crises, from natural disasters to conflict and displacement. Through a programme of research, documenting and learning from experience and development of tools and approaches, IIED is working to build the knowledge and capacity to respond of humanitarian actors working in urban areas, and of urban actors facing humanitarian crises.

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