Humanitarian Quality Assurance – Philippines: Evaluation of Oxfam’s humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

Evaluation and Lessons Learned
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This evaluation report is presented as part of the Effectiveness Review Series 2014/15, selected for review under the humanitarian response thematic area using the application of Oxfam’s Humanitarian Indicator Toolkit (HIT). The report presents the findings from the evaluation carried out in January 2014, of Oxfam’s humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) between November 2013 and July 2014.

Super-typhoon ‘Yolanda’, known internationally as Typhoon Haiyan, made landfall over Guiuan in Eastern Samar in the Philippines in the early morning of 8 November 2013. Oxfam developed its response strategy two days after the first landfall of the typhoon with the total number of target beneficiaries at 500,000 for the first four months. The objectives of the response were to meet the protection of rights and needs of women, girls, men and boys during the humanitarian response by ensuring affected households had immediate food needs met, and supporting the restoration of livelihoods through market support interventions and access to income-generating activities to restore productive assets. The response also projected to give 500,000 disaster-affected people access to safe water and sanitation facilities, and enabled them to protect themselves from public health risks. There was also an advocacy element of access to assistance and protection, so the response contributed to longer-term social and economic development and built disaster resilience.

The Humanitarian Indicator Tool (HIT) is a methodology designed to estimate the degree to which the programme meets 13 recognized quality standards via a desk review.