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The trends in humanitarian assistance were discussed at the Estonian Refugee Counsil's international conference in Tallinn



The conference of ERC held in Tallinn last week, on November 9, brought together humanitarian assistance experts from around the world to discuss how to provide aid as effectively as possible in a changing world using digital solutions, cash-based aid and local empowerment.

Eero Janson, head of the Estonian Refugee Council, said in his opening remarks that if 25 years ago Estonia was still in the role of a recipient of humanitarian aid, now it can quickly and effectively contribute to helping others. "Digitalization and artificial intelligence, cash-based aid and empowerment of people on the ground, smart use of data - these are some of the trends that give hope for even better and more effective assistance delivery."

The keynote address of the conference was given by Juliet Parker, head of the United Kingdom-based organization ALNAP, who emphasized the importance of ensuring long-term and consistent aid in crisis areas. "As crises drag on for a long time, victims seek help over a longer period of time, not just one-off short aid packages," emphasized Parker.

Mariin Ratnik, Deputy Chancellor for Foreign Economy and Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, said in her opening speech that the world's need for humanitarian aid is increasing, both due to armed conflicts and climate change. "Crisis response funding is not keeping pace with needs and cannot be expected to keep pace. The humanitarian aid system is underfunded and overburdened. We have to do things differently.” 

Conference images: 

Photographer: Anastasiia Lysenko

The organization of the conference was supported by the Estonian Center for International Development Cooperation.


Estonian Refugee Council is a public interest non-profit organization founded in 2000, whose goal is to stand up for the rights and well-being of refugees in Estonia and abroad. ERC is a humanitarian aid organization certified by the European Union.

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