Roles for Philanthropy in the Humanitarian Sector

August 2017

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation commissioned Dalberg Global Development Advisors to provide a high level overview of the humanitarian landscape as it stands in early 2017 and outline potential roles through which philanthropies can contribute to the sector.

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Julia Friedman

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The humanitarian system is facing a critical juncture where it must adapt to the shifting landscape of crises. Philanthropy, with its flexible, risk-tolerant capital and its unique networks and expertise, can play a key role in this adaptation. By working hand-in-hand with the existing institutions in the humanitarian sector and local partners, philanthropies can both help provide immediate relief to underserved populations and also invest in sustainably reducing the need for relief itself.