The article “The humanitarian system is not just broke, but broken: recommendations for future humanitarian action” written by professor Paul Spiegel focuses on the concept of the humanitarian system. The author examines it in detail and provides recommendations regarding the set of actions intended to make the system sufficient (Spiegel). The paper will critically respond to the key messages of the article and discuss the reliability of its arguments. In addition, the suggestion for future research will be provided.
The author’s point of view is that the humanitarian system shall be changed as it does not respond to current necessities. Despite claiming that “the humanitarian system is constantly evolving,” Paul also emphasizes that it “was not designed to address the types of conflicts that are happening at present” that are contradictory statements. However, the author provides clear reasons that show that the system is obsolete, one of which is the failure of the UN to protect civilians during the war in Sri Lanka, proving the necessity of changes, outlined further in the article (Spiegel 2). Paul explains the proposed adjustments, such as revision of humanitarian leadership and development of innovative funding of the programs in detail, supporting statements with scenarios used as instances, and other clear evidence complemented with accurate citations (Spiegel). At the end of the article, the author restates his claim of the humanitarian system’s obsolescence and emphasizes the necessity of significant changes.
The article is the instance of detailed and consistent research of the issue, complimented with a determination of the problem’s reasons and negative consequences and provision of concrete recommendations. The examples and evidence used throughout the work support the statements made, and the sources are reliable. Although some claims are contradictory, the complexity of the information’s presentation makes it difficult to perceive the main ideas, while the article lacks terminology explanation. It is possible to suggest conducting experimental research that would prove the usefulness of the proposed changes and make most organizations involved adjust their systems.
Spiegel, Paul. “The humanitarian system is not just broke, but broken: recommendations for future humanitarian action.” Health in Humanitarian Crises, 2017, Web.