In the past decade, humanitarian needs have steadily increased worldwide, with the number of people in need reaching 168 million in 2020, its highest level since 2012 (UN OCHA, 2021). ADE contributes to improving the humanitarian response by conducting rigorous evidence-based assessments. Since 2010, ADE has conducted an impressive series of major strategic evaluations of the response to humanitarian crisis and on specific humanitarian issues.
ADE is currently leading two Framework Contracts for strategic evaluations in this field: for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO), and for the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP).
In the coming years, humanitarian needs and response will be deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a devastating impact on the most vulnerable populations through the indirect effects of lockdowns and global recession, through more difficult access for humanitarian workers, and through the potential decrease in funding. ADE continues to develop its expertise in the humanitarian field.