The Humanitarian Action Trends (HA Trends) analyzes the evolution of the humanitarian sector and the impact of the global challenges in the field and its professions, in order to identify new competences and skills required in the humanitarian sector.

As a result of this research, a Table on Current Trends and Challenges to Humanitarian Action was elaborated. One important conclusion that was reached during the review period is that there are basic trends that characterize all humanitarian emergencies (i.e. large scale forced migration, extreme poverty and inequality, resource scarcity, changing nature of violence including that against humanitarian aid workers, etc.), while there are new challenges (i.e. climate change, urbanization, increasing number of actors engaged in the conflicts, progressive deterioration of human rights, increase of the “humanitarian space” etc.) that need to be taken into account when preparing a response to an emergency.

In light of the above, the ultimate goal of the project is to propose comprehensive responses relevant to the objectives of EUPRHA (i.e. anticipate the risks from the standpoint of the humanitarian aid worker education, taking into account the beneficiary perspective, enhance the professionalization of the sector, etc.). One of the deliverables of the project is a comprehensive report that identifies the elements that need to be taken into consideration to update educational curricula. The HA Trends report can be downloaded below.

This is the result of the work led by Eftihia Voutira (University of Macedonia, Greece).