Emilie Sauvanet 
Humanity & Inclusion
Location: DPR Korea
Occupation: Country Director
What does being a Humanitarian mean to you?
For me, being a humanitarian means being at the right place and the right moment to ensure we can support the most vulnerable. Humanitarian means to be able to constantly question ourselves about our action and to always be able to respond to some key questions such as: ‘why are we here?’, ‘what are we doing?’, ‘are our programmes relevant?’, ‘how our action can be more sustainable?”, ‘do we manage to reach the most vulnerable?’.  I really believe that to be able to do so and to ensure we address the needs of the most vulnerable, we need to have the affected people involved throughout the entire life of a project cycle and to constantly ensure their participation starting from the project design and planning phases.

What is the most favourite part of your work?
I like being in the field, especially in the very first phase of the project design where I can work closely with people understanding their needs, promoting their engagement, ensuring programme relevance.                     
What is the most challenging part of your work?
The most challenging yet much needed part is constantly rethinking our humanitarian interventions to be able to adapt and adjust these needs, whenever a situation may change or evolve.
Another challenging aspect would be the access to certain groups of people. From my past experience, access to some groups such as women was sometimes limited in some countries I used to work, which can make their participation quite complicated. It actuallyjust needs more time and adjustments on our side to be able to have access to some groups or affected people but it is feasible and essential since we need to make sure the vulnerable group and/or affected people were given the space to participate and were able to address their needs.
Photo credit: WFP/Diego Fernandez