The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) is currently undergoing a Humanitarian Emergency Response Review (HERR). Development Initiatives, where the GHA programme is based, recently offered the HERR team their thoughts on the thorny question of ensuring value for money in humanitarian aid. DI’s submission suggests how DFID can adapt its proposed 3 Es model on economy, efficiency and effectiveness suggested a focus on beneficiaries and affected populations rather than inputs and outputs.
We also offered recommendations for implementing the GHD principle of funding according to need with a specific focus on prioritising funding on the basis of the greatest risk to the lives and livelihoods of affected populations.
The GHA programme will be looking into risk analysis in detail in 2011. To find out more in the meantime, see the UN consolidated appeal for DRC for 2011, which has trialled a risk analysis model to prioritise humanitarian interventions according to the likelihood and intensity of disasters occurring, whilst also taking into account existing capacities, vulnerabilities and access constraints.