What we do to improve humanitarian aid

How our work helps the humanitarian community deliver more effective humanitarian action

The Humanitarian Response Index

The HRI independently analyses whether donor governments follow through with their commitment to respect humanitarian principles when allocating financial resources to crises. With the group of donors becoming larger and more diverse, the HRI has been updated and improved to continue to assess whether priorities are backed by humanitarian principles and evidence, and whether humanitarian aid funding addresses the immediate
needs of the most vulnerable populations.

Independent Evaluations & Technical Assistance

Through  evaluations, we provide a body of evidence on what works and what changes should be considered for humanitarian aid policies and programmes to be more effective.

Examples include the WFP-UNHCR Impact Evaluations in Chad and Bangladesh, and the IASC Real-Time Evaluation of the 2010 Pakistan floods. In 2013, we were involved in the Real-Time Evaluation of UNHCR’s response to the Syrian refugee emergency.

Research & Policy Studies

Investigation areas for the 2013-16 period include improving humanitarian aid performance, particularly
in conflict settings, advocating for better humanitarian donorship, and strengthening the role and responsibility of host governments and local and regional actors in addressing humanitarian challenges.

Risk Reduction Index

The RRI helps governments and civil society understand the risks that lead to disasters so that they can be fully addressed. In Central America and West Africa, the RRI has identified links between underlying risk factors and increased vulnerability, raising awareness around the need for greater risk management initiatives.