Americas

Disasters in the Americas: The case for legal preparedness

A set of case studies that highlight the importance of adequately facilitating and regulating outside international humanitarian assistance in the event of natural disasters. Case studies include the following examples: Dominican Republic law encourages civil society empowerment Preparing Colombia to better manage international assistance Earthquake law eases recovery in Chile IFRC, 2011. Disasters in the […]

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Latin America Risk Reduction Activity

The Colombian Red Cross, in partnership with the American Red Cross and United States Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is implementing a two-year disaster risk reduction program known as “LARRA” or “Latin America Risk Reduction Activity” in four municipalities in Colombia: Armenia, Calarcá, Córdoba and Salento. The program’s strategic goal

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Beneficiary Communications Evaluation: Haiti Earthquake Operation 2011

Providing evidence of the impact of beneficiary communications is incredibly difficult. Reports focus on the information disseminated and numbers of people reached but what are people doing with the information is often the missing link. This evaluation goes some way to trying to answer this question. Nearly 70% of people interviewed changed something in their

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Beneficiary Communication and Accountability: A responsibility, not a choice

The combination of rapid urbanization and population growth, alongside the proliferation of short message service (SMS) and internet based technology, making it possible for communities to publicize how they are being affected by our actions have changedthe humanitarian landscape. Though information and mobile phone technology had been growing in the years before 2010, the Haiti

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Haiti: Earthquake 2010

Beneficiary communication was one of the most important tools directly after the earthquake that shook Haiti at a magnitude of 7.0 Mw on 12 January 2010. It allowed vulnerable communities to receive information that they needed most, as quickly and as efficiently as possible. There were several different media channels that were utilized after the

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El Salvador, Program for Prevention and Mitigation of Flood Disasters in the Lower Lempa River Basin

The Lower Lempa River Basin in El Salvador is unique in social terms and in the type of flood hazard it faces. During the civil war, this zone was depopulated. After the war, former combatants from both sides were offered land there for resettlement. A number of NGOs and civil society organisations provided assistance to

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