‘Things can turn on a dime’: Six global development leaders on lessons learned in 2021

INGOs tackled numerous complex humanitarian situations around the world amid the climate crisis and a global pandemic.

Why It Matters

2022 will bring more intense climate catastrophes and a spike in global COVID-19 cases, among other disasters. In order to effectively manage both disasters and their effect on existing humanitarian emergencies, INGOs need to reflect on their performance this year.

Canada’s global development sector wasn’t just juggling too many pots in 2021. It was putting out a kitchen fire one-handed while preparing a five-course meal and wondering whether it could afford all of the ingredients it needed — during a global pandemic, no less.

Between famines in Afghanistan, apocalyptic forest fires in Greece and Macedonia, typhoons in the Philippines, and the uncontrolled surge of COVID-19 cases around the world, global development organizations worked tirelessly. On top of these disasters is a background hum of inequity around poverty, women’s rights, and access to education. 

Global development organizations have much to consider in 2022. Many of these humanitarian disasters will not magically disappear in the New Year, and organizations will need to be ready to handle them while also juggling the new Omicron variant and a crescendo of

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