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Report On Transparency of Relief Organizations Responding to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake

Report On Transparency of Relief Organizations Responding to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake

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Disaster Accountability Project Releases Report On The Transparency of Relief Organizations Responding to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake

Shocking Lack of Transparency Underscores Need for New Transparency/Information Standards In Relief Operations

Contact:
Ben Smilowitz, 202-556-3023
ben@disasteraccountability.org
Disaster Accountability Project Releases Report On The Transparency of Relief Organizations Responding to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake

Shocking Lack of Transparency Underscores Need for New Transparency/Information Standards In Relief Operations

Contact:
Ben Smilowitz, 202-556-3023
ben@disasteraccountability.org

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Published by: disasterwatchdog on Jul 12, 2010
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Report on
The Transparency of Relief OrganizationsResponding to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake
Citizen OversightRequiresCitizen Engagement
 
 
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About Disaster Accountability Project (DAP)
The Disaster Accountability Project (DAP) is a non-profit, nonpartisan organizationcommitted to:
 
improving disaster management systems through policy research and advocacy;
 
promoting transparency and engaging citizens to become more involved inpreparedness and relief;
 
and helping to ensure that people know what is happening on the ground duringa disaster.
What We Do
Founded in 2007 in reaction to the bungled response to Hurricane Katrina, DAP hasdemonstrated that dedicated and informed oversight can help ensure that governmentagencies and nonprofit organizations live up to their life-saving obligations before,during, and after crises.
Our History 
Over the past few years, members of Congress, the news media, and emergencymanagement practitioners have requested and utilized the research and real-timeinformation collected by DAP. For a young organization, DAP has had an out-sized andfar-reaching impact (as reported by ABC News, the Associated Press, the
New OrleansTimes-Picayune
, and the
Chronicle of Philanthropy 
, among others). Some of theseaccomplishments include:
 
Investigating and authoring a report on how accessible and up-to-date theemergency plans in twenty-two hurricane-vulnerable Louisiana parishes were;this report prompted many parishes to update and improve the publicaccessibility of their plans.
 
Conducting a successful campaign to compel FEMA to comply with federal lawand elevate the position of FEMA Disability Coordinator, so that she has moreauthority and resources available to fulfill the position's mandate.
 
Using the Disaster Accountability Hotline as a real-time listening device duringHurricane Ike and assisting numerous callers and countless others by directingdetails of gaps in critical services to responsible government agencies andnonprofit organizations.
 
Launching ReliefOversight.org: a website designed to improve transparency inaid activities, to help ensure donations reach groups with the greatest capacity todeliver needed services and facilitate coordination between organizations on theground.
 
 
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Table of Contents
ABOUT DISASTER ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT (DAP)...............................................................................2
W
HAT
W
E
D
O
............................................................................................................................................................2
O
UR 
H
ISTORY
.............................................................................................................................................................2
TABLE OF CONTENTS.............................................................................................................................................3
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY..........................................................................................................................................4
P
URPOSE
.....................................................................................................................................................................4
S
COPE
.........................................................................................................................................................................4
P
ROCESS
.....................................................................................................................................................................5
Survey Template....................................................................................................................................................
C
ORRESPONDENCE
L
OG
.............................................................................................................................................8
Correspondence Emails........................................................................................................................................8
Correspondence Log.............................................................................................................................................9
H
IGHLIGHTS
.............................................................................................................................................................16
Overall Observations..........................................................................................................................................16 
Response Volume
..........................................................................................................................................................16
Compliance with Survey Questions
.......................................................................................................................17
Question Key
.............................................................................................................................................................17
Correspondence Analysis ...................................................................................................................................18
Transparency......................................................................................................................................................19
General Trends Observed...................................................................................................................................23
 N
OTES
,
 
P
ROVISIONS
,
AND
C
ORRECTIONS
.................................................................................................................25
A
CKNOWLEDGEMENTS
.............................................................................................................................................25
A
GAPE
F
LIGHTS
.......................................................................................................................................................26
A
MERICAN
J
EWISH
J
OINT
D
ISTRIBUTION
C
OMMITTEE
.............................................................................................28
A
MERICAN
EFUGEE
C
OMMITTEE
...........................................................................................................................30
A
MERICA
S
ELIEF AND
D
EVELOPMENT
T
EAM
.......................................................................................................32
A
PPROPRIATE
I
 NFRASTRUCTURE
D
EVELOPMENT
G
ROUP
........................................................................................35
C
ATHOLIC
M
EDICAL
M
ISSION
B
OARD
.....................................................................................................................37
C
HILDREN
S
I
 NTERNATIONAL
L
IFELINE
...................................................................................................................39
C
HURCH OF THE
B
RETHREN
D
ISASTER 
M
INISTRIES
.................................................................................................41
C
OMPASSION
A
 ND
M
ERCY
A
SSOCIATES
(CAMA
 
S
ERVICES
)..................................................................................43
C
OMPASSION
I
 NTERNATIONAL
.................................................................................................................................45
E
 NGINEERING
M
INISTRIES
I
 NTERNATIONAL
............................................................................................................47
E
PISCOPAL
ELIEF
&
 
D
EVELOPMENT
......................................................................................................................49
H
ELP THE
C
HILDREN
................................................................................................................................................52
I
 NTERNATIONAL
A
ID
,
 
I
 NC
........................................................................................................................................54
I
 NTERNATIONAL
C
RISIS
A
ID
.....................................................................................................................................56
L
IFE
W
IND
I
 NTERNATIONAL
(
A
.
.
A
.
 
M
EDICAL
A
MBASSADORS
I
 NTERNATIONAL
) ...................................................59
O
XFAM
A
MERICA
.....................................................................................................................................................61
P
HYSICIANS FOR 
P
EACE
...........................................................................................................................................64
P
LANT WITH
P
URPOSE
..............................................................................................................................................67
ELIEF
I
 NTERNATIONAL
 – 
 
H
AITI
..............................................................................................................................69
W
ORLD
C
ARES
C
ENTER 
...........................................................................................................................................71
INDEX.........................................................................................................................................................................74
C
ORRESPONDENCE
...................................................................................................................................................74
 American Red Cross...........................................................................................................................................74
 Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group................................................................................................74
Mercy Corps .......................................................................................................................................................74
M
ERCY
C
ORPS
90-D
AY
F
ACT
S
HEET
.......................................................................................................................75
H
EALING
H
ANDS FOR 
H
AITI
I
 NTERNATIONAL
F
OUNDATION
I
 NC
.*..........................................................................77

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