The psychosocial impact of humanitarian crises – a better understanding for better interventions
We introduce the specific psychosocial impact on communities, families and children for each crisis situation. We also clarify the difference between establishing psychosocial programmes to support the community and / or a victim (which involves specific expertise) and integrating the psychosocial dimension into Action Against Hunger’s different humanitarian programmes.
WHO IS THIS DOCUMENT FOR?
This guide is for those who, in the field as well as at headquarters, develop and / or intervene in Action Against Hunger’s programming in humanitarian crisis situations. Many will not have had training in the field of psychology, but need to understand the psychosocial challenges of a crisis situation, in order to make interventions more appropriate and meaningful. We hope that this guide will help build more respectful, appropriate programmes that respond to the psychosocial needs of populations.