Drivers and Inhibitors of Change in the Humanitarian System

This study is a political economy analysis of reform efforts relating to cash, accountability to affected populations and protection


This study analyses the drivers and inhibitors of change in the humanitarian system. It focuses on 3 reform efforts: cash based emergency response, accountability to affected populations and protection. For each area, the study explores 4 questions to help explain why reforms are successful or unsuccessful, and to generate ideas for the more effective promotion of reforms:

  1. What exactly is the reform proposal?

  2. What would the humanitarian system look like if the proposal were fully implemented?

  3. How would these changes affect the self-interests of important stakeholder groups?

  4. What are the policy implications of these reflections?

As well as the full report, there is a 16 page summary.


Steets, J.; Binder, A.; Derzsi-Horváth, A.; Krüger, S.; Ruppert, L. Drivers and Inhibitors of Change in the Humanitarian System: A Political Economy Analysis of Reform Efforts Relating to Cash, Accountability to Affected Populations and Protection. Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin, (2016), xii, 74p

Published 1 April 2016