The primary objective of humanitarian action is to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain human dignity, without regard for race, ethnicity, religion or political affiliation. It should be guided by the principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence. Undertaken for the benefit of vulnerable people, humanitarian action may also facilitate the return to normal lives and through preparedness and risk reduction may seek to lessen the destructive impact of disasters and complex emergencies.
For decades, humanitarian organizations within the InterAction alliance have provided services, materials and logistical aid to vulnerable people in crises. InterAction supports the work of these members by providing a framework for consultation, coordination and advocacy within which members can assist affected communities.
Beyond immediately responding to emergencies, many NGOs engage in activities to improve livelihoods and bolster resilience. To better assist its members, InterAction addresses policy issues relating to improving the overall response of the international humanitarian system and the practice of providing humanitarian assistance, including protection, security, shelter, coordination, and disaster risk reduction.
Humanitarian Action Videos
This video describes for military audiences the non-governmental organizations they may encounter while engaged in humanitarian and peacekeeping missions. Blending action footage and interviews, the video compares and contrasts the two cultures – from philosophies and training to values and structures – in an effort to prepare the military for contact with NGOs in the field.
This second video in the series describes the military structure and way of operating in order to introduce civilians to the military culture.