In the wake of a disaster, an affected country is the recipient of a large outpouring of international compassion and assistance. However, this well-intentioned relief does not always reach those citizens most in need. Mismanagement, corruption, and poor coordination create enormous stopgaps in delivering critical services to affected communities, and hamper relief and reconstruction efforts. The #quakeHELPDESK was created to tackle this issue, and ensure that aid successfully makes its way through the proper channels to reach citizens and improve livelihoods.
The earthquakes in Nepal have now killed over 8,000 people and injured and displaced thousands more. Massive amounts of aid and generous personal donations are pouring in to help with relief and reconstruction. Experience with recent disasters, however, including the earthquakes in Pakistan (2005) and Haiti (2010), show that the accountability of response efforts to citizens is deeply inadequate over time. To learn more about the need for securing transparency and good governance around humanitarian assistance, read the pieces below.
Shaking Up Aid Donors Five Years After the Haiti Earthquake, by Blair Glencorse and Anne Sophie Ranjbar
Where is Nepal Aid Money Going?, by Simon Cox for BBC News
Echoing Green’s Fellows' Perspectives: Responding to Disaster in Nepal, by Blair Glencorse and Ben Smilowitz