Background study for the Disaster Response Dialogue Conference Manila, Philippines, October 2014
Better cooperation between international and local actors, especially the government, is necessary to help improve the effectiveness of the response to the humanitarian consequences of natural disasters. The Disaster Response Dialogue (DRD) commissioned DARA and HERE-Geneva to conduct an independent study on humanitarian financing to disaster-affected governments and other national actors, looking at how the relationships and cooperation can be improved.
Evaluation of WFP’s food and nutrition support and strengthening resilience in Somalia.
DARA conducted an operations evaluation for the World Food Programme (WFP) in Somalia. For over two decades Somalia has suffered from prolonged conflict, protracted crisis and insecurity causing massive damage to human livelihoods and the provision of social services such as health, education, water, sanitation, food and nutrition. In addition gender inequality is extremely high in Somalia with women suffering from high levels of exclusion and inequality.
Evaluation of WFP’s food assistance and education incentive support for Afghan and Iraqi refugees in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
At no time in history has there been such need for broad, international action to provide effective humanitarian aid to millions of people suffering from crises. In 2014, the world experienced a surge in humanitarian crises, with 5 countries being given the L3 emergency status: Syria, Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan and the Philippines. Over US$ 10 billion were spent on humanitarian relief in 2014.
The Listen and Learn project, a joint DARA/Keystone initiative funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, aimed to improve the accountability of aid efforts in Haiti and provide a model for greater beneficiary accountability in relief and recovery programming.
Evaluation Report April 2014
Despite overall awareness of the need to invest efforts in increasing Disaster Risk Management (DRM) among vulnerable country governments and the international aid community, there is a gap between high level commitments and actual achievements on the ground.
European Union (EU) Member States, the European Commission and the European Parliament reached agreement on the European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid in 2007. It provides a strong policy framework and “common vision” for the EU and Member States in developing their humanitarian policies and strategies. It has also functioned as an important document for promoting humanitarian principles. In order to make the political commitment to this framework more concrete, an Action Plan for implementation was agreed upon in 2008.
To mark its 25th anniversary, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), in collaboration with DARA, hosted three dialogues on humanitarian aid effectiveness in October and November 2013. Speakers included Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary General and Emergency Relief Coordinator; Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross; and Claus Sørensen, Director General of Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department,
ECHO. Representatives of the Spanish humanitarian community, including UN agencies and NGOs, attended the events.
Disasters often grip the imagination, particularly those that are of high intensity and low recurrence, such as the 2004 Indian ocean tsunami, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti or the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan. While disasters of this scale hardly go unnoticed, others are of a ‘slow’ (or ‘hidden’) character, such that they barely attract attention from the international community – mainly donors and the media. these are often of a more recurrent nature, such as droughts in the Horn of Africa or floods in West Africa or Pakistan.
New language has entered the humanitarian lexicon. One of the latest additions is the term “risk management”, which has increasingly become part of discussions within the sector. It is one of the (sub-) themes for the World Humanitarian Summit, scheduled for 2016. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has asked DARA to deliver a study that provides evidence of the need for humanitarian actors to include risk management in their work.
By Ed Schenkenberg
AECID (Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation) and DARA welcomed Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, to the first of three HardTalk dialogues on humanitarian action effectiveness on October 15th.
July 30, 2013
The ECOWAS Commission hosted a two-day Regional DRR Mapping Exercise on Transnational Disaster Threats on 16-17 April 2013.
In the run-up to its 10th anniversary in 2013, DARA spent much of 2012 taking stock and getting ready for the future. After five consecutive annual publications, we asked donors and others in the humanitarian sector for their views on the Humanitarian Response Index (HRI).
The Climate Vulnerability Monitor 2nd Edition reveals that climate change has already held back global development and inaction is a leading global cause of death. Harm is most acute for poor and vulnerable groups but no country is spared either the costs of inaction or the benefits of an alternative path.
Commissioned by the world’s most vulnerable countries and backed by high-level and technical panels, the new Monitor estimates human and economic impacts of climate change and the carbon economy for 184 countries in 2010 and 2030, across 34 indicators.
Each year more than 200 million people are affected by disasters. In 2011 humanitarian needs continued to rise and UNHCR recorded the number of people forcibly displaced worldwide at 43.7 million, the highest number in 15 years. However, the international response continued to inadequately anticipate, prevent, prepare for and respond to increasing humanitarian crises, as demonstrated by the famine crisis in the Horn of Africa, proving that DARA's work is more needed than ever. Here is an overview of what we did in 2011.
By Ari Huhtala, Director of Policy and Programmes, CDKN
The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), established two years ago, is finding a place and voice in the international community as a convenor of countries that share one common threat: particularly strong exposure to the effects of climate change. At a side event in Rio on 19 June, ably moderated by the Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh Mohamed Mirajul Quayes, we heard the perspectives of three active member countries, complemented by three expert discussants.
Many faces of climate vulnerability
The report of DARA’s evaluation of the Consortium of British Humanitarian Agencies (CBHA) pilot phase has been published.
The CBHA is a partnership initiative by 15 leading organisations which aims to strengthen the coordination and capacity of the NGO sector to deliver appropriate, high quality and quicker humanitarian assistance to populations affected by disaster. The pilot consisted of five elements: a pooled fund for emergency response, support for capacity building, support for improved surge capacity, support for logistic chain management, and learning from the pilot.