Understanding settlements, ensuring an evidence-based response everywhere, including hard to reach areas, promoting innovation and working through partnerships constitute the four core components of IMPACT’s approach.
Understanding settlements: The aid system is primarily structured around the provision of sector-specific support to household-level beneficiary, often at the expense of supporting communities in their holistic development pathways. We believe that a good understanding and use of territorial, holistic and community-based settlement-approaches can lead to more efficient and sustainable aid action in crisis and non-crisis settings. In all its action, IMPACT promotes the understanding of settlements through the lens of community dynamics, governance structures and socio-economic relationships, in order to guide humanitarian and governance actors in more effectively planning and implementing their action.
Evidence based-planning, everywhere: In contexts as volatile and dynamic as those that characterize natural and man-made disasters, access to high quality information is a critical pre-condition for effective aid delivery. Unfortunately, recent crisis have exposed the continued shortcomings of the humanitarian community in ensuring that their decisions are evidence-based, especially in contexts where humanitarian access is restricted by security concerns. IMPACT provides aid actors with key information on humanitarian needs, trends and response, in order to enable evidence based decision-making for planning, monitoring and evaluation purposes. IMPACT has developed a number of methodologies and an in-house expertise on data collection in both accessible and hard-to-reach areas.Promoting innovation: Aid stakeholders often struggle to appropriate innovation, lacking the flexibility and processes to incorporate new technologies to improve their action. We believe that the development of new technologies and their usage can provide significant benefit to the aid sector, and want to be promoters of such a change from within the system. IMPACT promotes and facilitates the use of technology for more efficient and accurate collection and analysis of data informing aid responses worldwide. Working in partnership: The number and variety of actors cooperating during humanitarian and development responses has dramatically increased over the past years. We believe that this partnership trends provides a key opportunity for a more sustainable, impactful and efficient aid action which is inclusive of sub-national, national and international private, public and non-governmental actors. Throughout its activities and through its inter-agency initiatives, IMPACT promotes a collaborative approach among aid actors, local and national governance stakeholders, the private sector and affected communities, in order to improve the effectiveness and quality of aid delivery.