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Real-time evaluation of the response to Hurricane Matthew

Groupe URD is taking part in the real-time evaluation of the international humanitarian response following the passage of hurricane Matthew in Haiti. This evaluation was commissioned by a number of major donors (DFID, USAID, Canada and ECHO), with support from the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.

Hurricane Matthew caused a great deal of destruction in Haiti, and led to a food crisis and a cholera outbreak in the south, the worst-affected part of the island. In addition to establishing an initial assessment of the situation, the information gathered during this evaluation will allow the programmes already being implemented to be adjusted, and lessons to be learned for future disasters.

The aim of the evaluation is to check whether the aid delivered to deal with the destruction of houses, infrastructure, agriculture, etc. and the huge increase in the number of cholera victims has been effective, timely and relevant.

It will describe the challenges that the humanitarian response has had to face, notably in terms of access to aid and security (in relation to the activities of the MINUSTAH), shortcomings in the preparation of stocks and staff, as well as coordination between actors and with the Haitian government.

Following on from the World Humanitarian Summit, the evaluation will also look at whether the commitments made in the Grand Bargain were integrated into the initial steps of the response, and recommendations will be made for reinforcing these areas (the localisation of aid, the participation of local populations and accountability towards them).