Humanitarian Response Index 2011

Each year, within the context of The Humanitarian Response Index (HRI),  DARA sends teams to a dozen crises (fifteen in 2010)  to analyse donor government response. For the HRI 2011 DARA has selected the following crisis: Chad, Somalia and Kenya (Nairobi), Iraq (Amman), the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa and Kivu), Pakistan, Sudan, Yemen and Haiti. Together these crises received two thirds of global humanitarian funding in 2010. These countries provide a representative sample of the diverse global crises faced by the humanitarian community, including sudden-onset disasters, internal and regional conflicts, protracted crises and complex and forgotten emergencies.


Somalia and Kenya (Nairobi)

Iraq (Amman)
Occupied Palestinian Territories

Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa and Kivu)



A major part of the HRI research is based on field missions that assess how well donors are applying their commitment to implement the Principles of Good Humanitarian Donorship (GHD) in the ways they support humanitarian action around the world. Qualitative data for the HRI comes from the field perceptions gathered through personal interviews during these field missions using a standardised questionnaire on donor practice. Field missions illustrate the specific constraints and challenges humanitarian actors, and more specifically donor countries, face in providing effective relief in each crisis, as well as shared features, which may help to identify where improvements are needed in the global humanitarian system. More on field missions.

Now in its fifth year, The Humanitarian Response Index was created in 2006 by DARA. It ranks 23 of the wealthiest donors (OECD/ DAC members) by analysing their performance against the Principles of Good Humanitarian Donorship (GHD) that they themselves signed up to. The HRI helps ensure that humanitarian funding has the greatest possible impact for people in critical need of humanitarian aid all over the world.