A world in Crisis

How Things are Failing

Worldwide, countries and regions are suffering from instability and open conflict.  The internal organizations that are responsible to respond to instability, emergencies, and conflict scenarios within the countries affected are often not adequately prepared, sustainable or are nonexistent:

  • Limited formation of professional, culturally sensitive organizations (First responder, Security, Military, Aid).
  • Reduced or nonexistent formalized training programs.
  • Reduced or nonexistent capacities for Command, Control and Communications.
  • Reduced or nonexistent supplies and equipment.
  • Limited capacity for effectively communicating with local populaces.
  • Damaged infrastructure.
  • Limited capacity for assessment, analysis and planning.
  • Increased pressures resulting from surge growth of forces.
  • Increased pressures resulting from displaced persons.

These gaps have been identified as existing globally in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Nigeria, Central African Republic, and Ukraine as a limited set of examples.

The global organizations responsible for response to these types of challenges have failed to respond in a timely and effective manner, and global nations who have traditionally engaged in peace support operations have dithered equally so. 

When viewed in combination with the humanitarian crisis that has followed the conflicts taking place have left in their wake a refugee, and IDP crisis on a scale never before seen.  The world can no longer sit back and watch without facing peril.

How aid is failing

Compounding the instability that exists today is the fact that global nations are continuing to fail to address conflict in a manner that is effective in the modern context.  We witness antiquanted models and concepts being revamped with a modern name and then watch as nations subsequently go on to implement with the genuine belief that they will achieve success.

Traditionally, allied militaries and for profit private organizations have delivered defence development services to host countries and organizations in need, often with for profit organizations functioning under direct supporting contract with those allied forces (PMC’s, other Security Firms, Contracting Firms, Logistics Groups, Etc.).  The proliferation of entities seeking to make profit, personal, and or corporate gain within conflict zones has reduced the capacities of global efforts to affect positive change in a meaningful and effective manner on the scales required in the modern context.  Also problematic within this context is the waste of foreign development and aid budgets resulting from this cycle of failed concepts.

Aid organizations often represent the polar opposite of defense, military and security organizations and as a result often suffer from attacks, and unnecessary losses resulting from a lack of effective consideration and planning for the scenarios often present in areas of instability.  This perception has been changing somewhat with the expansion of military units such as the Canadian Forces DART teams, but still remains woefully apparent and progress prohibitive.   

Also a compounding factor is that there exists a high degree of competition and animosity between Nations and Organizations alike. Self-interests taking precedent over the mission.

We have to rethink our concepts and reconceptualise our world, we have to change how we address conflict, humanitarian crisis, and global instability. We need a new plan.