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After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, many friends and colleagues asked to which organization they should donate. It was clear that millions of people were willing to generously donate yet very few had a clear idea of where. Many wondered which organizations were best suited to respond, had a good track-record, and were most effective. Most reported donating based on emotional advertising, brand recognition, and friends’ suggestions. Surely, better information and a “trusted” independent source for facts could help the public make more informed decisions. It was clear that humanitarian/aid and relief organizations were not coordinating effectively and this information might also enhance the effectiveness of aid. We released reports on the transparency of relief efforts, generating tremendous interest in Haiti and around the globe. The media, decision-makers, U.N., donors, and survivors alike utilized the reports to learn what groups claimed to be doing in Haiti.
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DAP released two reports in the past year on the activities of nearly 200 humanitarian groups in Haiti, including the amounts of money raised/spent, types of services provided, and number of staff on the ground. A Haitian civil service worker remarked that our report marked the first time in the year since the earthquake that he saw information about what organizations were doing in his country.
This initiative stands to benefit millions of people affected by disaster around the world every year. The information will empower the public to make more informed decisions and direct their resources to groups that have the greatest capacity to deliver critical life-saving services.
The clearinghouse will also provide information that will prove valuable to the humanitarian/aid and relief community as factual details about each organization’s activities will enhance coordination and cooperation and reduce wasteful duplication in services and deadly gaps.
What is your projected impact within the next 1-5 years? Is your idea replicable? If so, how?
DAP aims to become a global resource for individuals wishing to support humanitarian/aid and relief organizations after global disasters. We also hope that our clearinghouse will create a stronger public demand for information about the activities of relief organizations and the use of donated dollars in all aspects of humanitarian relief. Increased transparency in the humanitarian/aid and relief sector will improve the quality of services delivered, save lives, and reduce waste. Ultimately, we hope to rebuild public confidence and additional support for international humanitarian aid activities, especially given the reality that natural disasters are growing more fierce.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and mark growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
The website is in development. In six months, the website will be in beta testing with few relief operations included.
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Obtain significant public exposure and document impact of factual information on resource distribution after disasters.