Donor scores: Italy

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Italy’s overall ranking dropped from 19th to 21st in the HRI 2009. Its best rankings were 20th in Pillar 1 (Responding to needs) and Pillar 2 (Prevention, risk reduction and recovery), 21st in Pillar 5 (Learning and accountability) and Pillar 4 (Protection and International Law), and 22nd in Pillar 3 (Working with humanitarian partners), demonstrating consistently poor performance in comparison to its peers. Italy ranked 20th among its peers for generosity and burden sharing.

Italy received its highest indicator rankings for the equitable distribution of funds to different crisis countries, ranking 3rd and 4th for the timeliness of its funding to sudden onset disasters. It was 10th among its peers on the indicator regarding funding to forgotten emergencies and those with low media coverage. With the exception of a few indicators, such as beneficiary involvement (11th), strengthening local community capacity for disaster and crisis preparedness, funding local capacity and funding international disaster mitigation mechanisms, where it ranked 14th in each, Italy’s performance in all other indicators was within the very bottom of the ranking. For example, it ranked 22nd for saving lives and maintaining human dignity, timeliness of funding to complex emergencies, crisis prevention and preparedness, reliability, funding to NGOs, conditionality that does not compromise humanitarian action and conducting evaluations. These poor rankings are confirmed by its performance in the crises studied this year, where Italy came in well below the overall donor average.

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