In the face of large scale, rapid onset crises, humanitarian response is designed to quickly provide lifesaving goods and services. The focus on speed, combined with scaling up operations, does however often come together with risk areas that can compromise the quality of a response. Building on learning from past emergencies, and the characteristics of such responses, HAP International highlights below some risk areas, as well as mitigating strategies that can help avoid or minimise potential problems.
Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) left a track of massive destruction and desolation behind, the scale of which is unprecedented in the Philippines. It has led to a large national, regional, and international response, including from HAP members, many of which were already operational in the Philippines through development or DRR programmes. Learning from the shortcomings of past lessons, much has been done from the very beginning of the response to improve accountability to the people affected by the crisis.