The number of countries experiencing armed conflict today is greater than at any time in the past 30 years. This comes at devastating human cost. In this decade alone, more than half a million civilians have been killed in Syria, the protracted conflict in Yemen has left more than 20 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, and violence in Myanmar in 2017 drove more than 600,000 people into Bangladesh in just three months. The UN Secretary General has said that atrocity crimes are being committed ‘at a scale and ferocity not seen in years’.
The Tonga Community Disaster Risk Management (TCDRM) Program, funded by USAID/OFDA since 2013, has supported the Government of Tonga to equip remote Tongan communities with the necessary tools to be self-sufficient, adequately prepared and resilient in times of disaster.
Now in its fifth and final year of USAID/OFDA-funded programming, Act for Peace is seeking to evaluate the effectiveness of the five-year program. An evaluation was conducted at the end of the third year, and this evaluation will expand on knowledge acquired at that time.