Antigua and Barbuda

Hurricane Irma: Ground Truth Solutions Survey of People Affected by Hurricane Irma - Antigua and Barbuda Round 2 (January 2018)

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This report analyses data collected from interviews conducted with 202 Barbudans currently displaced in neighbouring Antigua and those who have returned to Barbuda in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. This round of interviews took place between 15 December 2017 and 6 Jan 2018, roughly three months after Hurricane Irma made landfall. As part of the H2H Network's DFID-funded mission in the Caribbean, Ground Truth Solutions, an NGO, is providing a regular flow of feedback on community perceptions about the effectiveness of the response and their evolving needs. The surveys offer decision-makers insight into community concerns as the basis for programmatic course corrections and to manage people’s expectations. This report covers the second of three rounds of surveys in Antigua and Barbuda. For reference, the results from the first round can be found on our website.


  • Overall, there has been an increase in negative scoring across most survey questions, particularly among those residing in collective shelters;

  • A 20% increase in negative responses (Q15) indicates the lives of affected people have not improved since the hurricane.

  • Well over half of respondents say their most important needs arere not being met – food and water are most often mentioned as vital unmet needs (Q4);

  • Among those currently residing in shelters, there was a noticeable increase between rounds one and two in respondents reporting a lack of respect from aid workers, from 19% to 60% respectively;

  • Sixty-two percent of respondents report being unable to resume livelihoods held prior to the disasters (Q14);

  • A majority of respondents continue to be dissatisfied with the extent to which community consultations have contributed to the design of support programmes (Q12);

  • Phone calls and face-to-face meetings continue to be the most preferred channels for receiving information about available support (Q2);

  • Most survey participants continue to think that support does not go to those who need it most (Q11);

  • Respondents who feel that aid is going to those who need it most think that the lives of affected people are improving and that their most important needs are met;

  • Those who report knowing how to avoid health hazards are more likely to feel safe in their current accommodation than those who do not.

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