Thank you for participating in this survey. This survey will contribute to the 2018 State of the Humanitarian System (SOHS) study, led by ALNAP. This is the only study that regularly assesses the overall performance and progress of the international humanitarian system. Your responses will contribute to reports that will be read by policy makers and practitioners in aid organisations and governments.

All of the questions should be answered in relation to one specific humanitarian response where you are working now, or where you have worked at some point since January 2015.

The survey has been administered three times, for the 2010, 2012 and 2015 SOHS reports. Please note that we are aware that some humanitarian language and terminology has evolved since the survey was originally created in 2010. However, for the sake of consistency and comparison across surveys, the original language has been used.

Your responses will be kept anonymous. You are not required to provide the name of your organisation. Quotes may be cited anonymously in the report.

* 1. Country or duty station where you currently live and work, or have worked at some point since January 2015.
[Please note that all questions below should be answered in relation to this one particular country or duty station.]

* 2. Would you define this emergency context as:

* 3. Name of your organisation or agency (optional)

* 4. Type of organisation or agency (required)

Please answer the following questions in relation to your current job posting or in relation to one specific humanitarian response you have been involved in between January 2015 and December 2017.

* 5. Which area do you work in primarily? (Choose one.)

* 7. What is your opinion on the adequacy of funding available for the humanitarian response in your setting?

* 8. If there are obstacles to accessing all populations in need, they are mainly due to:

* 11. Overall, how would you rate the quality of humanitarian needs assessment in your setting?

* 12. Overall, how would you rate the quality of monitoring and evaluation in your setting?

* 13. Overall, how well do humanitarian organisations in your setting use the results of monitoring, evaluations and relevant research to improve programmes?

* 14. Overall, how would you rate the quality of aid personnel, in terms of qualifications, skills, attitudes and experience to effectively plan and implement programmes, in your setting?

* 15. Overall, how well do aid organisations in your setting address issues of gender, age and disability?

* 16. Overall, how well do aid organisations provide information to aid recipients (beneficiaries) and allow them to lodge complaints, in your setting?

* 17. Overall, how much influence/ control do aid recipients have over important decisions related to humanitarian programmes in your setting?

* 18. In your setting, how well do international aid organisations and donors support capacity building for local actors?

* 19. In your setting, how would you rate the ability of local NGOs to access direct funding from international donors?

* 20. In your setting, how would you rate the participation of local actors in interagency coordination mechanisms?

* 21. What is the main challenge (if any) to addressing the 'humanitarian/ development divide' in this setting?

* 23. In your opinion, are the demands of humanitarian coordination mechanisms in your setting (time spent in meetings, additional reporting requirements, etc):

Humanity: Human suffering must be addressed wherever it is found. The purpose of humanitarian action is to protect life and health and ensure respect for human beings.

Impartiality: Humanitarian action must be carried out on the basis of need alone, given to the most urgent cases of distress and making no distinctions on the basis of nationality, race, gender, religious belief, class or political opinions.

Neutrality: Humanitarian actors must not take sides in hostilities or engage in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.

Independence: the autonomy of humanitarian objectives from the political, economic, military or other objectives that any actor may hold with regard to areas where humanitarian action is being implemented.

* 25. In your experience, where has the humanitarian system showed the greatest improvement over the past two years? (Select one.)

* 26. In your opinion, what is the single biggest problem, or area of weakness, hindering effective humanitarian response in your setting? (Select one)

* 27. Can you describe a particular innovation, in any aspect of aid, that you think is worthy of note?

* 28. Any final thoughts on the performance of the overall humanitarian system as you have experienced it in your setting?

* 29. If you are interested in being interviewed personally by the research team on these issues, please include your email address here:

Thank you!

We would be really grateful if you would consider circulating this survey to your colleagues,
especially national and local staff members.