The Cause: Disaster relief and recovery efforts is one of the most popular issues individual donors donate to. The number of natural disasters has increased exponentially with growing populations in disaster prone areas (i.e. coastal areas). In total, nearly one third of the world’s population has been affected, and millions have lost their lives. These tragic events (natural and man-made) destroy infrastructure, cause population displacement, and fundamentally undermine the fabric of sustainable development and human security (Source: United Nations Environment Programme).
The Scope: Experts working in the field of international emergency response were asked to recommend up to three nonprofits doing high-impact work across multiple countries/regions, and up to three nonprofits doing high-impact work in a specific country/region because we want to be able to highlight both large and smaller scale nonprofits working in the field of disaster relief. We included both natural and man-made disasters (war displacement disasters) because the response, preparation, and recovery efforts are very similar for both natural and man-made disasters. We also ask experts to identify nonprofits working in both slow and fast onset of disasters. Nonprofits being recommended can be working in one or more of the following areas: health, food, shelter, water, sanitation, security, medicine, non-food items (pots, pans, water containers, etc.), technical assistance, and other areas. Read more about the scope of the research here: http://www.myphilanthropedia.org/blog/2011/10/11/identifying-high-impact-nonprofits-working-in-international-disaster-response/