Humanitarian Response Index 2008: Measuring Commitment to Best Practice

Paperback | December 15, 2008

byDara Development Assistance Research Associates (DARA)

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Every year, millions of people need humanitarian assistance to survive and recover from disasters and conflicts. However, despite the best of intentions, the response of the different actors who fund and implement humanitarian assistance is not enough. As the principal providers of humanitarian assistance funding, donor governments have the power to make the humanitarian system more effective, and ensure that aid reaches the people who need it most.

The Humanitarian Response Index (HRI) provides an independent and objective examination of donor performance with the aim of improving the quality and effectiveness of aid, and promoting greater transparency and accountability of donors as a critical part of the humanitarian system.

Based on a rigorous analysis of data from governments and humanitarian agencies, and a survey of hundreds of humanitarian actors directly engaged in providing humanitarian assistance around the globe, the HRI offers a comprehensive overview of how well donors are meeting their own commitments to good practice.

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Every year, millions of people need humanitarian assistance to survive and recover from disasters and conflicts. However, despite the best of intentions, the response of the different actors who fund and implement humanitarian assistance is not enough. As the principal providers of humanitarian assistance funding, donor governments hav...

DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE RESEARCH ASSOCIATES (DARA) is an independent non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of development aid and humanitarian action through evaluation. DARA's mission includes optimising the impact of the efforts against poverty and promoting the beneficiaries' participation and empowerment, throu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 10.96 × 8.56 × 0.64 inPublished:December 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword; Kofi Annan
Acknowledgements; S. Hidalgo
Executive Summary

Part I – The Humanitarian Response Index 2008
Donor Accountability in Humanitarian Action; S. Hidalgo & P. Tamminga

Part II – Perspectives on the HRI and Needs Assessments
The United States as Humanitarian Actor; L. Minear
Tale of Two Indices: The Commitment to Development Index as a Model for the Humanitarian Response Index; D. Roodman
Humanitarian Funding and Needs Assessment; J. Cosgrave
New Approaches to Needs Assessment: Comprehensive and Rolling Diagnosis; F. Grünewald
The Giving-Receiving Relationship: Inherently Unequal?; M. B. Anderson
Tackling Ignorance and Neglect: Advocacy for a Broader Humanitarian Response In the Central African Republic; T. Lanzer

Part III – Crisis Report
Introduction
Afghanistan: A Security-Driven Agenda; M. Marañón & L. Fernández
Bangladesh: Prepared for New Disasters?; P. Tamminga
The Central African Republic: Adversity in a Silent Crisis; S. Hidalgo
Chad: Internal Power Struggles and Regional Humanitarian Crisis; R. Solé-Arqués
Colombia: The Displaced and the Forgotten; F. Espada
Democratic Republic of the Congo; The Giant with Feet of Clay; G. Gasser
Nicaragua: Living in the Eye of the Storm; S. Hidalgo
The Occupied Palestinian Territories: A Political Crisis with Humanitarian Consequences; R. Solé-Arqués
Earthquake in Peru; R. Polastro
Sri Lanka; A Forgotten Complex Emergency – Back to War Again; R. Polastro
Sudan: A Tragedy of Epic Proportions; J. Herrera

Part IV – Donor Profiles
Introduction
Donor Profiles
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Canada
Denmark
European Commission
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Luxembourg
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Portugal
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom
United States

List of Acronyms
Appendix: Questionnaire on Good Practice in Humanitarian Donorship
Glossary
About the Authors

Editorial Reviews

'The Humanitarian Response Index helps guarantee that every dollar of humanitarian assistance is used to provide the right kind of aid, to the right people, at the right time. The millions of people affected by crises and emergencies deserve as much' – Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General   'DARA performs a valuable service in publishing this index. It provides both a framework of accountability and a spur to improved performance. Donors of both development and humanitarian aid are concerned to ensure that aid has the highest possible impact. They have invested substantial effort in defining good performance and in benchmarking against each other. The special value of the HRI index is that it combines quantitative and qualitative information to provide a single overall assessment of donor quality.' - Simon Maxwell CBE, Director of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI)   'I believe that the Humanitarian Response Index is a vital tool in increasing the overall accountability of humanitarian donorship. It provides feedback which is essential for donors to transform the promises of the Good Humanitarian Donorship Initiative into reality. It is part of the overall process that should bring us closer to the humanitarian ideal of assistance in proportion to need.' - John Cosgrave, Independent Consultant on Humanitarian Issues   'Accountability is too important to be left to donors, whether individually or severally. The HRI's assessment is broadly confirmed by our own independent studies.' - Larry Minear, of Tufts University, USA