World Humanitarian Summit: Thoughts on the future of humanitarianism from the fringe of the Sahel (GALLERY)

6 June, 2014
World Humanitarian Summit: Thoughts on the future of humanitarianism from the fringe of the Sahel (GALLERY)

Every year, the community of Wutorobe, in northern Burkina Faso faces drought and food insecurity. People here are struggling more and more with climate change and erratic, failing rainfalls.

Aid organizations offer some support. They provide food when times are really tough and offer training and tools in an effort to help the people of Wutorobe adapt to their changing environment. The people here know what support they need.

Their experiences, opinions, frustrations and insights were captured in mid-May as an early and important step towards the World Humanitarian Summit a global re-imagining of the international humanitarian system that will culminate in Istanbul, Turkey in 2016.

First World Humanitarian Summit Regional Consultation

The consultation in Wutorobe – and others like it in the Central African Republic, Chad and Liberia – will feed into the first World Humanitarian Summit Regional Consultation in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on 19-20 June.

This event will bring together representatives from affected communities, civil society organizations, governments, regional organizations, NGOs, UN agencies, technical experts and the private sector to discuss the future of humanitarian action in West and Central Africa.