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Trust in humanitarian action

Trust is the foundation of humanitarian action. Access, support and respect for the Movement’s mission depends on the trust of the people and communities it serves, of the responsible authorities and of the general public.
Trust in humanitarian action is on the agenda of the 33rd International Conference due to the declining trust in institutions and governments, an increase in public scrutiny, and calls for stronger integrity and accountability. This Commission will explore how the components of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement can work together with States to maintain and strengthen trust in principled humanitarian action.

Conceptual background on trust

This Commission will consist of an opening plenary, a reconvening plenary which will link the themes from the previous days through the lens of trust, and three spotlight sessions, on the following topics:

  • 1. Trust through community engagement and accountability: what fundamental changes are needed?

    This spotlight session seeks to discuss the fundamental changes that are needed to build-up the participation of communities and ensure greater accountability to them. The discussion will focus on enabling a shared understanding of the link between trust and community engagement, sharing successful initiatives and identifying what needs to be done collectively.
    Movement-wide Commitments for Community Engagement and Accountability: CoD resolution
    Background document
    • Briefs on key ingredients for successful community engagement
  • 2. Integrity and risk sharing

    The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is responsible for ensuring the continued delivery of principled humanitarian action. However, given the growing complexity of the operational environment more needs to be done to guarantee that actors can live up to the required integrity standards. This session seeks to identify connections and tension points in the way integrity is lived by humanitarian actors and to begin a dialogue on what collective steps need to be taken.
    Statement on Integrity of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (Draft resolution of the 2017 Council of Delegates)
    IFRC Strategy 2030 – chapter on ‘ensuring trust and accountability
  • 3. Creating a conducive environment for principled humanitarian action

    The session will seek to explore how to build a conducive environment for principled humanitarian action at global, national, local levels through clarification of roles of relevant actors, identifying key challenges and impacts, showcasing good practice and exploring collective responses.
    World Disaster Report 2018