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OneYear Followup Report-Transparency of Relief Organizations Responding to 2010 Haiti Earthquake

OneYear Followup Report-Transparency of Relief Organizations Responding to 2010 Haiti Earthquake

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

Report finds near "Factual-Blackout" in relief/aid organizations' regular, detailed reporting: Aggregates, anecdotes, and appeals to emotion dominate.

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

Report finds near "Factual-Blackout" in relief/aid organizations' regular, detailed reporting: Aggregates, anecdotes, and appeals to emotion dominate.

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

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Published by: disasterwatchdog on Jan 05, 2011
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Citizen OversightRequiresCitizen Engagement
 
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Disaster Accountability Project
 
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 in preparedness andrelief 
 
Helping to ensure that people know what is happening on the ground during a disaster
What We Do
Founded in 2007 in reaction to the bungled response to Hurricane Katrina, DAP has demonstrated thatdedicated and informed oversight can help ensure that government agencies and nonprofitorganizations 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 emergency managementpractitioners have requested and utilized the research and real-time information collected by DAP. Fora young organization, DAP has had an out-sized and far-reaching impact (as reported by The New YorkTimes, ABC News, the Associated Press, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy, among others). Some of these accomplishments include:
 
Investigating and authoring a report on how accessible and up-to-date the emergency plans intwenty-two hurricane-vulnerable Louisiana parishes were; this report prompted many parishesto update and improve the public accessibility of their plans.
 
Conducting a successful campaign to compel FEMA to comply with federal law and elevate theposition of FEMA Disability Coordinator, so that she has more authority and resources availableto fulfill the position's mandate.
 
Using the Disaster Accountability Hotline as a real-time listening device during Hurricane Ike andassisting numerous callers and countless others by directing details of gaps in critical services toresponsible government agencies and nonprofit organizations.
 
Six months after the Haiti earthquake, DAP released “The Report on the Transparency of Relief Organizations Responding to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake,” in which we exposed a serious lack of 
transparency by organizations soliciting donations for relief.
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
ABOUT DISASTER ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT (DAP)
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What We Do....................................................................................................................... 2
 
Our History......................................................................................................................... 2
 TABLE OF CONTENT
S..................................................................................................................... 3
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
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Purpose.............................................................................................................................. 5Process and Scope............................................................................................................. 5
SURVEY TEMPLATE
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 CORRESPONDENCE
...................................................................................................................... 10Correspondence Email..................................................................................................... 10
 
Correspondence Log........................................................................................................ 11FAQs................................................................................................................................. 29
HIGHLIGHTS OF REPORT FINDINGS
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 NOTES, PROVISIONS, & CORRECTIONS
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 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS.
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 COMPILATION OF SURVEY RESPONSES
...................................................................................... 41ActionAid, USA................................................................................................................. 41Agape Flights.................................................................................................................... 44AmeriCares....................................................................................................................... 46American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee............................................................... 48American Jewish World Service....................................................................................... 50American Red Cross......................................................................................................... 52American Refugee Committee......................................................................................... 55Architecture for Humanity............................................................................................... 57Association of Baptist for World Evangelism................................................................... 59Catholic Medical Mission Board....................................................................................... 60Catholic Relief Services.................................................................................................... 62CBM - Haiti....................................................................................................................... 65Church of the Brethren Disaster Ministries..................................................................... 67Compassion International................................................................................................ 69Cooperative Baptist Fellowship....................................................................................... 72Counterpart International............................................................................................... 73Direct Relief International................................................................................................ 75Doctors Without Borders................................................................................................. 78Episcopal Relief & Development...................................................................................... 79

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