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Daniel Hitzig

Daniel is an independent consultant in media, communication, and public affairs. He was previously responsible for media and communication at Alliance Sud, the Swiss Alliance of Development Organisations in Berne, Switzerland. He worked for over 27 years as a journalist for the Swiss TV and Radio broadcaster SRF in news, cultural and documentary programs. Previously, he worked as an ICRC delegate in Jerusalem, Gaza, and Baghdad.

I am a member of the GA and a Director of the Board since 2020.

Ever since I met Yves Daccord, a driving force behind the creation of HQAI, back in 1992 at the ICRC we regularly discuss humanitarian, development and human security politics and policy. I am convinced that HQAI as a lean and effective organisation can help to bring about solutions in a world of ever growing challenges (inequality, climate change, polarisation, etc.). So when asked, I was happy to join HQAI as a member of its General Assembly.

Accountability and transparency are key factors in the humanitarian and developing world. Assistance and services have to reach the needy and vulnerable populations as swiftly and efficiently as possible. Only regular and highly professional audits of the providers of aid can guarantee this. The work of HQAI that strives to provide these audits in a standardised and cost effective way can minimise reputation risks of humanitarian and development actors; and it can assure affected populations, the civil societies here and there, the media as well as public and private donors that the best value for money is being delivered.