The humanitarian sector seems to be moving towards addressing issues of diversity and inclusion more directly. Is this a new development, or are these issues simply receiving more attention than they used to?
Kate: There has been a realisation that the most at-risk groups, such as older people, people with disabilities, and people of diverse gender profiles (including but not limited to women and girls), have consistently been most in need of humanitarian assistance - yet also least likely to access that assistance.
In the past five to ten years, the sector has got better at addressing the needs of women and girls - not just in terms of protection, but across all sectors and programmes, ensuring they are part of the plan, response, and implementation. However, there is much more to inclusion: if you are a woman and have a disability, for example, you are at even greater risk.
A few years ago, institutional donors such as ECHO requested that each programme have a gender and age marker (score). I think we will soon see a gender, age and disability marker being requested by many of the big donors in an attempt to push organisations to change their policies and practices and become more inclusive.