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The ‘Learning from Crisis’ Humanitarian Formula: Bridging Disaster and Normality

Estella Carpi

Working paper, 16 pages

The UCLP was established on the assumption that the humanitarian sector can learn from responses to previous crises, assimilate this learning, and improve the way it responds in future. This paper by Estella Carpi of UCL questions this assumption. It challenges us to articulate what we mean by ‘learning’, and to examine the conditions necessary for change if learning is to take place. Importantly, it also draws our attention to the limits of what can be learned from urban crises. Drawing on recent crises in Haiti – as well as the structure and culture of the international humanitarian system – Carpi outlines reasons why the sector is poorly structured to learn from crises in an effective manner.

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  • IIED code: G04283
  • Published: Dec 2017 - Urban Crises Learning Partnership (UCLP)
  • Theme: Urban
  • Language: English

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Carpi, E (2017) The ‘Learning from Crisis’ Humanitarian Formula: Bridging Disaster and Normality. Summary Report. Urban Crises Learning Partnership (UCLP).

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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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Urban Crises Learning Fund