Haiti Humanitarian Assistance Evaluation

This report of the Haiti Humanitarian Assistance Evaluation of the 2010 earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12th was undertaken by Tulane University's Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy in partnership with the State University of Haiti (UEH) and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This evaluation demonstrates the importance of engaging the impacted community from the on-set of the disaster to lead strategy, policy, and implementation based upon a thorough understanding of resilience and coping mechanisms that should be integrated into humanitarian programming starting at the beginning and continuing through the recovery process. The framework for measuring resilience defined and used in this evaluation can serve as a catalyst for future discussions related to Haitian resilience and to support and refine the monitoring and evaluation strategy for Haiti's recovery.


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Haiti Humanitarian Aid Evaluation - Structured Analysis Summary Report

Over the past twelve months, the international community comprised of non-governmental organizations, United Nations, and donor governments have supported the Haitian people and its government by providing humanitarian assistance and development aid to rebuild the country. This extraordinary effort on the part of local and international actors has been immense in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, resulting in lives saved and alleviating the suffering of the affected population. As we look towards the next twelve months and beyond, the question now is what can be done to help those who survived . . . thrive.

The Tulane Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (DRLA) is leading an evaluation of the humanitarian aid programs initiated in Haiti following the earthquake of January 12, 2010.  The evaluation seeks to assess changes in resilience in affected individuals and communities, rather than simply delivery of resources or coordination of effort.  In effect, the DRLA seeks to answer not the question of what got done and how, but rather did it make a positive change in the Haitian’s ability to weather future crises.  The DRLA has partnered with the University of Haiti to both aid in the collection, analysis and presentation of data and to build the capacity of Haiti’s primary institution of higher education to lead future evaluation initiatives.  The DRLA will bring together expert faculty from various schools and departments at Tulane University to provide technical expertise and will, together with the University of Haiti, provide an analysis of the humanitarian response as it is occurring, so that stakeholders and donors can, wherever possible, make programmatic adjustments to better support increasing Haitian resilience to future disasters.  This project is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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