Humanitarianism in the 21st Century
Co-creating New Solutions
Today’s humanitarian challenges are bigger and more complicated than ever. Our globalized world has brought everyone closer together – problems that were once distant now reach around the globe and impact communities and people in very real ways they never did before. Destabilization and the explosion of conflict have been catastrophic for families and communities. As they flee borders in search of something better, our international system is being challenged in new and unfamiliar ways… and we’re failing. No one has the answers.
At ARC, we’ve realized we are going to have to change and transform our work in the face of such large scale problems if we’re to continue making any difference. Although the world’s problems are bigger and more complex than ever, we also recognize that in the hyper-connected 21st Century we have an unprecedented opportunity to bring amazing people together to work on these big challenges. And we believe the goodwill needed to make change is actually abundant and everywhere we look.
For the last five years, ARC has been working on changing the way we work. Because we don’t have the answers, we’ve been asking people how we’re failing – asking refugees, asking donors, asking governments and businesses. Our New Efforts are the result of those conversations and a deeper understanding, of co-creating with new people and experimenting with new solutions.