By making domestic response more visible, hopefully we can achieve a humanitarian system that is much more inclusive, equitable, dynamic and effective and which plays to the strengths of the different international and domestic actors involved. In this effort for greater visibility, it’s important to highlight the characteristics of domestic response and this includes its scale. We therefore want to start quantifying and monetising domestic response – the ultimate aim, of course, would be to come up with an aggregate figure for all the assistance that originates within the country affected. But how can we do this with the limited resources we have available? Take, for example, the immediate response by affected communities. How do you determine the scale of this and how do you put a value on something such as search and rescue? Or in the case of the private sector, is it possible to estimate the resources mobilised by private companies given that the evidence we have so far shows such aid to be both ad-hoc and undocumented?
Is it possible to do all this without doing a complicated and resource-intensive assessment? We would like to get your ideas and suggestions on how we can do this. Is it possible or not, and if so…how?