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18 Jul 2018 description

Groupe URD 2017 Annual Report

As I take up my pen to write this President’s Report, my thoughts turn to Claire Pirotte, co-founder of Groupe URD, asking me to stand as President of Groupe URD in July 2017 so that she could face Death, which would finally get the better of her in early 2018. A socially committed and generous woman, she left behind a Groupe URD that is active in all the major crisis contexts in the world, and puts all its energy into bringing a little creative reflection to them.

21 Dec 2017 description

Groupe URD is providing support to MSF’s Evaluation Unit (based in Vienna) as part of an independent evaluation of the response to the cholera crisis in Yemen by MSF OCBA (Barcelona-Athens). The country has been devastated by a war that has had a terrible impact on its health and sanitation systems. The cholera epidemic has already killed more than 2000 people and affected more than 800 000. The MSF system is committed to reducing the impact of this epidemic and is fighting to control it, using lessons learned in other situations, such as the cholera epidemic in Haiti.

03 Aug 2017 description

En 1997, le Groupe URD s’institutionnalisait et faisait le pari qu’il était possible d’installer le premier think tank français de l’humanitaire dans une ferme en Drôme provençale. Pari gagné, comme vous pourrez le voir dans ce rapport d’activité. Cette année 2016 a été celle du premier Sommet humanitaire mondial, occasion pour le Groupe URD de porter au plus haut niveau les propositions qu’il développe depuis plus de 20 ans et de jouer un rôle actif à différents niveaux.

03 Aug 2017 description

In 1997, Groupe URD became an official organisation and embarked on the journey to establish the first French humanitarian think tank in a farm in the South of France. It was quite a gamble, but as can be seen in the 2016 Annual Report, it paid off. 2016 was the year of the first World Humanitarian Summit.

11 Jul 2017 description

Ce rapport présente les résultats d’une recherche sur l’intégrité de la réponse à la crise Ebola en Guinée ainsi que des éléments de comparaison avec la réponse en Sierra Leone, réalisée dans le cadre du projet CREATE (Collective Resolution to Enhance Accountability and Transparency in Emergencies) mené par Transparency International (TI) en partenariat avec Humanitarian Outcomes (HO) et le Groupe URD.

11 Jul 2017 description

Executive Summary

This report presents research that looked at the assistance provided to Syrian refugees and affected host communities in Lebanon, as part of the CREATE project (Collective Commitment to Enhance Accountability and Transparency in Emergencies) led by Transparency International (TI) in partnership with Humanitarian Outcomes (HO) and Groupe URD, funded by the European Commission Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO).

31 May 2015 description


Improving the response for any significant epidemiological risk means designing and implementing mechanisms and systems that make it possible to contain the disease rapidly so that an epidemic does not reach proportions that are either uncontrollable or very expensive to control.

The objective of this paper is to try to give some order of comparison between what should have happened and what really happened in the management of the 2014-2015 West Africa Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF) outbreak.

28 Oct 2014 description


François Grünewald

Syria, Iraq, Ebola, Gaza, Mali – there has been a huge increase in the number of tragic crises in recent months… The humanitarian sector is under enormous pressure. This litany of tragedies is further cause for us to focus on the quality of assistance and protection operations for civilians. It also raises questions about the capacity and role of a sector which remains vital, but is increasingly in danger.

14 Nov 2013 description


Key lessons learnt from evaluations after typhoons in the Philippines

A number of key lessons emerged from the Real-time Evaluation of the response to the disasters that affected Northern Mindanao in 2011. Further lessons were drawn from a review of the impact of the floods that hit Manila in 2009 and the aid mobilization that followed. This made it possible to combine two levels of analysis, covering the following situations which could potentially affect the Filipino Archipelago:

04 May 2011 description

Mission d’évaluation des besoins commanditée par le Centre de Crise du Ministère français des affaires étrangères et européennes du 19 au 25 avril 2011


23 Feb 2011 description


On 12 January 2010 at 4.50 pm local time (the middle of the night in Europe), the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden fault awoke. The earth began to shake, thick white dust rose above Port-au-Prince while a terrifying noise echoed out. Complete silence followed only to be broken by the screaming and crying of hundreds of thousands of Haitians.

When the news reached us at Groupe URD we were in the process of sending the six country reports of the Cluster II evaluation. We had written the Haiti country report for this evaluation in late 2009.