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For millions facing emergency situations in developing countries, international humanitarian assistance is a vital lifeline, funded through global generosity and administered by a wide range of well-meaning organizations. Yet the humanitarian system reaches too few people, allocates resources inefficiently, and is often out of step with what vulnerable populations say they most need. CGD develops cost-efficient policy options for moving the humanitarian system away from the fragmented, duplicative, and supply-driven model of today, toward a more coherent, efficient, and demand-driven model for the decades ahead.