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What can we learn from scaling up responses in complex humanitarian crisis? HNPW 2024 session

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What can the humanitarian system learn from past experiences of scaling up responses in complex humanitarian crisis? How can collective humanitarian responses be improved to better meet the needs of affected populations?

The session drew on results from the 2024 IASC learning paper on system-wide scale up as well as from the Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluations (IAHEs) of the collective responses in Afghanistan and Ethiopia. Panellists will discuss the successes and challenges of scaling up a response in complex crises including the limitations the system faces.

The session is relevant for humanitarian policy makers and practitioners interested in issues related to system wide scale up and humanitarian aid in complex crises.

The session included:

  1. A presentation of lessons on scaling up humanitarian responses from the IASC learning paper
  2. Key lessons from recent IAHEs on Afghanistan and Ethiopia
  3. Panel of specialists from different agencies who shared learning and perspectives on key issues related to scale-up and prioritisation


  • Gareth Price-Jones | Executive Secretary, SCHR​
  • Glyn Taylor | Founding Partner, Humanitarian Outcomes​
  • Nicole Henze | Evaluation Manager, UN OCHA


  • Daniel Endres | Humanitarian Coordinator, UN​
  • Gabriella Waaijman | Global Humanitarian Director, Save the Children Int’l​
  • Hiwotie Simachew | Deputy Country Director - Humanitarian, Plan International Ethiopia​
  • Wan Sophonpanich | Global CCCM Cluster Coordinator , IOM UN Migration​