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This paper defines institutional amnesia in conceptual and empirical terms, establishing its causes in the humanitarian policy space, ascertaining its effects within and across disasters and, most importantly, setting out a series of recommendations that can help humanitarian agencies address their own amnesia.

“Institutional amnesia is a serious concern for those who plan for, respond to and recover from humanitarian crises.”

Alistair Stark

Institutional memory-loss is robbing individuals, organisations and networks of their lesson-learning gains. This paper makes the case for that memory-loss must be acknowledged and treated as matter of some urgency.

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