Humanitarian assistance is the delivery of emergency response services to people and communities affected by crisis, conflict and disaster. Some disasters are cyclical and regular (hurricanes, monsoons, floods, etc.), others, such as conflict, may or may not be predictable and can end up being more protracted in nature and yet others happen suddenly and present major unplanned catastrophes. Many disasters are on the increase because of environmental degradation and climate change.
This resource outlines Oxfam Canada’s theory of change for its humanitarian assistance programming. A theory of change shows how we expect outcomes to occur over the short, medium and longer-term as a result of our work. In this document, we outline how we understand humanitarian assistance, why we focus on humanitarian assistance, the ultimate aim of our humanitarian programming, our theory of change for our work in this area and the highlights and best practices stemming from our humanitarian assistance programming.