A Q&A with Sheba Crocker, vice president for Humanitarian Policy & Practice
Sheba Crocker joined CARE in May 2017 as vice president of humanitarian policy and practice, based in Washington, D.C. In the newly created role, she oversees CARE’s global humanitarian work, which is growing in size and complexity as the world’s humanitarian needs accelerate. Prior to joining CARE, Sheba served in leadership roles at the U.S. Department of State and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Q: How do you define “humanitarian aid” as expressed through CARE’s work around the world?
A: CARE works around the world to deliver lifesaving assistance that meets the needs of the most vulnerable populations in humanitarian crises. In the event of shocks, be they environmental such as Hurricane Matthew in Haiti or conflict-driven like Syria, CARE focuses on supporting
country offices to respond quickly and appropriately in the face of humanitarian need, with a particular focus on fundraising, logistics, foods security, finance, water/ sanitation and sexual, reproductive and maternal health. For example, in Yemen, we have scaled up our water and sanitation programming to meet the needs of those most affected by the cholera outbreak.
Q: What are the chief objectives with any humanitarian aid effort?
A: Humanitarian action is governed by key principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence. With any response, CARE aims to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain dignity when responding to human needs born of conflict or natural disaster.