Supporting leadership and decision-making


Making good decisions under urgent and uncertain circumstances is fundamental to effective humanitarian response.

From addressing resource gaps and coordinating aid delivery, to improving accountability and advancing localisation, every major strategic and operational objective demands strong leadership.

Leadership and decision-making are often criticised in humanitarian evaluations. Yet, this attracts surprisingly little academic attention.

Here we explore practical operational leadership and how it can be improved. We also examine the nature of effective humanitarian decision-making.

Community meeting discussing reconstruction of village hit by volcanic eruption.  Indonesia.
Photo: World Bank / Nugroho Nurdikiawan Sunjoyo | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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