December 2012: Transition

A word from Ross Mountain: December 2012

After a particularly full and interesting three years with DARA, the time has come for me to move on.

During my tenure I have been pleased to be part of the consolidation and expansion of the organisation’s evaluation work, the substantive broadening of field research in crisis countries that underpins the Humanitarian Response Index, the extension of innovative disaster risk reduction activities to West Africa, and the initiation and development of groundbreaking climate change analysis and advocacy, notably in collaboration with the Climate Vulnerable Forum.

Directing the United Kingdom’s Humanitarian Emergency Response Review (HERR) was also a highlight.

The results achieved would not have been possible without the generous and personal support of a wide range of individuals, including in partner organisations- NGOs, the United Nations, Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, think tanks, foundations and governments both in the South and North. My deep appreciation to all.

I am also grateful to the DARA Board and particularly to my talented colleagues who have demonstrated that with applied commitment even a small organisation can contribute meaningfully to improving the lives and futures of victims of disasters, conflicts and climate change.

I wish Ed Schenkenberg, the new Chief Executive, and DARA every success for 2013 and beyond.

With very best wishes for the Festive Season and the New Year,

Ross Mountain