Author: World Vision International
Full Citation: World Vision International. (2017). Learning Report - Adaptation and innovation: Meeting humanitarian needs in fragile and conflict contexts. Disaster Management.
Overview: This report is a compilation of World Vision’s learnings captured through real-time evaluations and case studies carried out in more than 10 fragile and conflict-affected contexts. The report includes examples of how World Vision adapts its programming to meet the needs of children in conflict-affected contexts including South Sudan, the Central African Republic (CAR), the Kurdistan Region of the Republic of Iraq (KRI) and Uganda. The report also covers some of the core tools and approaches World Vision uses to ensure that the organisation is grounded in conflict-sensitive and principled operations while being adaptable to the context.
Findings: There is no simple roadmap for operating in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. The nature of these contexts requires constant learning, adaptation and revision. And whilst contexts vary considerably, World Vision’s experience across diverse geographies and situations has revealed a number of core lessons:
- Context: Understand the operating context and develop community trust
- Cohesion: Implement a rights-based approach and strengthen social cohesion from the start
- Children: Keep children at the centre
- Culture: Create a flexible, agile organisational culture that equips the right staff for the right job
- Care: Systematise proactive security