Non-Ranked Nonprofit Reviews: International Emergency Response 2011

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"Since 2000, the world has witnessed 35 major conflicts and some 2,500 disasters". - United Nations Environment Programme
"Since 2000, the world has witnessed 35 major conflicts and some 2,500 disasters". - United Nations Environment Programme

This is the complete list of all non-ranked nonprofits reviewed by our experts. We do not have enough information at this time to recommend these organizations, but have provided you with the complete expert reviews to learn more.


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Build Change (2 recommendations) Contact with founder and observation of activities in the field. Knowledge of work in China and Haiti
Build Change
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http://www.buildchange.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Contact with founder and observation of activities in the field. Knowledge of work in China and Haiti
R
Presentations by staff. Viewing of work in the field. Long term sustainability. Integration of culture, economic, and social issues into engineering solutions.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have strong technical capability and a highly qualified structural Engineering background. They also are attentive to local conditions.
R
Their approach integrates culture, economic, and social issues into engineering solutions. The leadership of the organization is familiar with research and integrates those principles into practice. They also harnesses locals in the recovery process.

Areas for Improvement

R
Someone needs to get beyond simple house construction and mason training. Issues of infrastructure planning and urban development must be addressed in reconstruction after major urban disasters.
R
It is a relatively new organization with proven results in a few countries. It would benefit, if sufficient resources were available, by also doing work pre-disaster rather than just post-disaster.
CHF International (2 recommendations) A consistent leader in programs for rebuilding housing and communities. See transitional shelter programming in Haiti, e.g. first two-story transitional shelter program for urban Port-au-Prince.
CHF International
Silver-small

http://www.chfinternational.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
A consistent leader in programs for rebuilding housing and communities. See transitional shelter programming in Haiti, e.g. first two-story transitional shelter program for urban Port-au-Prince.
N
They have done great work in Honduras, Indonesia, and other countries, implementing extremely successful programs.

Organizational Strengths

N
CHF's strength is that it develops, funds, implements, documents and shares information and experience on important shelter programs, e.g. cash as a shelter resource.
People in Aid (2 recommendations) Service delivery to members and non-members
People in Aid

http://www.peopleinaid.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Service delivery to members and non-members
O
They work on improvement in "people and culture" awareness within INGO's; the development of a code of conduct for INGO's and local NGO's.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have strong outreach and links to others.
O
This is a small organization with a big impact. No other organization supports the development of the people in the sector doing the work specifically.

Areas for Improvement

O
The organization could improve by adding support for their plan to globalize, meaning setting up People in Aid USA, People in Aid Australia etc.
Valid International (2 recommendations) They have designed several methodologies for assessment of program coverage and prevalence of nutrition that have now become standard. They initiated the movement to put the management of severe malnutrition in the communities (CMAM), which is now considered best practice. They have changed the way we treat malnutrition for the better.
Valid International

http://www.validinternational.org/demo/index.php

Evidence of Impact

R
They have designed several methodologies for assessment of program coverage and prevalence of nutrition that have now become standard. They initiated the movement to put the management of severe malnutrition in the communities (CMAM), which is now considered best practice. They have changed the way we treat malnutrition for the better.
N
They have led operational research that has made a huge difference to management and coverage of acute malnutrition worldwide.

Organizational Strengths

R
Valid takes an evidence-based approach toward improving the way we approach nutrition. They work closely with implementing agencies to field test and improve new methodologies. Valid often takes a new approach to old issues and helps us to try new things.
N
Valid has strong leadership, very good vision, good technical execution, and they are good collaborators.

Areas for Improvement

N
They should more clearly define their Unique Selling Proposition.
ADRA International (1 recommendation) The organizations have an extensive record over the years in the Caribbean as well as worldwide
ADRA International
Silver-small

http://www.adra.org/site/PageServer

Evidence of Impact

O
The organizations have an extensive record over the years in the Caribbean as well as worldwide

Organizational Strengths

O
They have good leadership, thought out response plans, sound management systems, and international backing.
ActionAid International (1 recommendation) Strong downward accountability mechanisms towards communities in which they work and upward accountability to donors. One of the new INGOs that actually work according to a rights-based approach with a strong emphasis upon extremely vulnerable individuals. They also work long term in each community (for 10-15 years to build up disaster preparedness, emergency response work and ongoing development).
ActionAid International

http://www.actionaid.org/?intl=

Evidence of Impact

N
Strong downward accountability mechanisms towards communities in which they work and upward accountability to donors. One of the new INGOs that actually work according to a rights-based approach with a strong emphasis upon extremely vulnerable individuals. They also work long term in each community (for 10-15 years to build up disaster preparedness, emergency response work and ongoing development).

Organizational Strengths

N
The organization's strengths lie in their rights-based approach, accountability, effective emergency response operations, strong policy, and advocacy & social movement building.

Areas for Improvement

N
It should work to develop better communication with supporters and in publicizing their work. They would also benefit from better donor liaison in certain country programs.
Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP) (1 recommendation) Cash-based programming is gaining recognition as a way to meet the needs of beneficiaries more effectively. CaLP has helped numerous organizations to be able to use this tool. Currently, in Somalia, the majority of assistance reaching the most affected population is through cash transfers. In Haiti after the earthquake, CFW was a major activity. In both cases CaLP helped/are helping to guide and coordinate agencies involved in these cash-based programs to maximize their impact on the beneficiaries.
Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP)

http://www.alnap.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Cash-based programming is gaining recognition as a way to meet the needs of beneficiaries more effectively. CaLP has helped numerous organizations to be able to use this tool. Currently, in Somalia, the majority of assistance reaching the most affected population is through cash transfers. In Haiti after the earthquake, CFW was a major activity. In both cases CaLP helped/are helping to guide and coordinate agencies involved in these cash-based programs to maximize their impact on the beneficiaries.

Organizational Strengths

R
CaLP engages people with appropriate experience and is on the ground during the disaster response to multiply the impact of many agencies. They widely publish practical guidance to help people wrestling with difficult technical issues.

Areas for Improvement

R
Cash programming could be more widely used beyond emergencies as safety nets in Disaster Risk Reduction. This has received some attention, but is generally eclipsed by the response side. A shift in organizational focus would be helpful. Also, although CaLP does eventually get to the site of a quick on-set disaster, they could be more effective if they were to arrive sooner.
AmeriCares (1 recommendation) Americares provides medicines to other non-profits and doctors responding to disasters. They have a rapid response capability and keep the administrative red tape to a minimum.
AmeriCares
Silver-small

http://www.americares.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Americares provides medicines to other non-profits and doctors responding to disasters. They have a rapid response capability and keep the administrative red tape to a minimum.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have a strong understanding of the context of emergency response. They also have incredible supply chain and inventory and excellent leadership and vision.

Areas for Improvement

R
Communication with recipient organizations could be improved. We often felt like we were unsure of what was expected of us for reporting and follow up.
BRAC (1 recommendation) research and engagement with the organization at headquarters and operational levels
BRAC

http://www.brac.net/

Evidence of Impact

R
research and engagement with the organization at headquarters and operational levels

Organizational Strengths

R
The organization’s strength lies in their integrated approach to relief and recovery. They incorporate this with important components of sustainability through the promotion of small scale enterprise that sustains livelihoods and promotes resilience.

Areas for Improvement

R
BRAC needs to learn how to cooperate more effectively with other organizations , including multi-lateral and other non-governmental bodies. It also needs to better understand how to communicate with its own staff more effectively at the operational level.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (1 recommendation) Reduction of the prevalence of malaria, HIV/AIDS and other diseases, especially in Africa. Also, the foundation provides significant funding for emergency response for localized emergencies in multiple sectors.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Silver-small

http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Pages/home.aspx

Evidence of Impact

N
Reduction of the prevalence of malaria, HIV/AIDS and other diseases, especially in Africa. Also, the foundation provides significant funding for emergency response for localized emergencies in multiple sectors.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their leadership is dynamic, flexible and creative. The Gates Foundation has clear goals and commitments, and of course significant resources available to many organizations working with a similar mission.
Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) (1 recommendation) Cash-based programming is gaining recognition as a way to meet the needs of beneficiaries more effectively. CaLP has helped numerous organizations to be able to use this tool. Currently, in Somalia, the majority of assistance reaching the most affected population is through cash transfers. In Haiti after the earthquake, CFW was a major activity. In both cases CaLP helped/are helping to guide and coordinate agencies involved in these cash-based programs to maximize their impact on the beneficiaries.
Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP)

http://www.cashlearning.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Cash-based programming is gaining recognition as a way to meet the needs of beneficiaries more effectively. CaLP has helped numerous organizations to be able to use this tool. Currently, in Somalia, the majority of assistance reaching the most affected population is through cash transfers. In Haiti after the earthquake, CFW was a major activity. In both cases CaLP helped/are helping to guide and coordinate agencies involved in these cash-based programs to maximize their impact on the beneficiaries.

Organizational Strengths

R
CaLP engages people with appropriate experience and is on the ground during the disaster response to multiply the impact of many agencies. They widely publish practical guidance to help people wrestling with difficult technical issues.

Areas for Improvement

R
Cash programming could be more widely used beyond emergencies as safety nets in Disaster Risk Reduction. This has received some attention, but is generally eclipsed by the response side. A shift in organizational focus would be helpful. Also, although CaLP does eventually get to the site of a quick on-set disaster, they could be more effective if they were to arrive sooner.
Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP) (1 recommendation) capacity building on local government units and other stakeholders
Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP)

http://www.cdp.org.ph/index.php/main

Evidence of Impact

N
capacity building on local government units and other stakeholders

Organizational Strengths

N
Build Change's strength lies in its engagement on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation work.
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) (1 recommendation) They provided quick response to do community-based support after Haiti earthquake. They also built and repaired homes very quickly.
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC)
Silver-small

http://www.crwrc.org/pages/crwrc.cfm

Evidence of Impact

N
They provided quick response to do community-based support after Haiti earthquake. They also built and repaired homes very quickly.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have strong leadership and strong priority-setting skills.
Church World Service (1 recommendation) Church World Service provides significant quality and accountability training to NGOs worldwide, particularly in the Asia /Pacific region. Many countries have had Sphere standards and the code of conduct presented to local staff in the local language for the first time thanks to CWS' efforts. They also serve as regional experts in Asia for Quality and Accountability, a valuable resource for NGOs both international and local.
Church World Service
Silver-small Charting_impact_logo

http://www.churchworldservice.org/site/PageServer

Evidence of Impact

N
Church World Service provides significant quality and accountability training to NGOs worldwide, particularly in the Asia /Pacific region. Many countries have had Sphere standards and the code of conduct presented to local staff in the local language for the first time thanks to CWS' efforts. They also serve as regional experts in Asia for Quality and Accountability, a valuable resource for NGOs both international and local.

Organizational Strengths

N
Well-trained staffs are the biggest strength of their international emergency response programs.
Diakonie (1 recommendation) They were very quick to respond and build houses and repair houses in Haiti after the earthquake
Diakonie

http://www.diakonie.de/english.htm

Evidence of Impact

N
They were very quick to respond and build houses and repair houses in Haiti after the earthquake

Organizational Strengths

N
They have excellent leadership in Haiti and a strong local Haitian staff.
Direct Relief International (Direct Relief) (1 recommendation) They have a long term history of work all around the world. Because of their established relationships and ongoing work, they are able to respond quickly to disasters. They also will be there long after the emergency response.
Direct Relief International (Direct Relief)
Silver-small

http://www.directrelief.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
They have a long term history of work all around the world. Because of their established relationships and ongoing work, they are able to respond quickly to disasters. They also will be there long after the emergency response.

Organizational Strengths

F
They collaborate with many other organizations to do the work. Their work extends much further than relief, they address many other issues facing children.

Areas for Improvement

F
Since United States Fund is so large it is hard to know how a small or modest donation can help.
Enhancing Learning & Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA) (1 recommendation) They work on improvement in "people and culture" awareness within INGO's; the development of a code of conduct for INGO's and local NGO's.
Enhancing Learning & Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA)

http://www.elrha.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
They work on improvement in "people and culture" awareness within INGO's; the development of a code of conduct for INGO's and local NGO's.

Organizational Strengths

O
This is a small organization with a big impact. No other organization supports the development of the people in the sector doing the work specifically.

Areas for Improvement

O
The organization could improve by adding support for their plan to globalize, meaning setting up People in Aid USA, People in Aid Australia etc.
Finn Church Aid (1 recommendation) They provided quick response to do community-based support after Haiti earthquake. They also built and repaired homes very quickly.
Finn Church Aid

http://www.kua.fi/en/home/?id=1824

Evidence of Impact

N
They provided quick response to do community-based support after Haiti earthquake. They also built and repaired homes very quickly.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have strong leadership and strong priority-setting skills.
Food for the Hungry (1 recommendation) They are notable for high quality work; They have a willingness to work in geographic areas where others will not.
Food for the Hungry
Silver-small

http://www.fh.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They are notable for high quality work; They have a willingness to work in geographic areas where others will not.

Organizational Strengths

N
They are excellent at coordination and collaboration with peer organizations.

Areas for Improvement

N
They should consider integrating other programs into current endeavors.
Heart to Heart International (1 recommendation) They provide medical service in poor areas and disaster relief.
Heart to Heart International
Silver-small

http://hearttoheart.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They provide medical service in poor areas and disaster relief.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strength lies in their medical services.
Heifer International (1 recommendation) They provide medical service in poor areas and disaster relief.
Heifer International
Silver-small

http://www.heifer.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They provide medical service in poor areas and disaster relief.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strength lies in their medical services.
InterAction (1 recommendation) Red Cross and Red Crescent have an incredible network throughout the globe with broad reaching local connections.
InterAction
Bronze-small

http://www.interaction.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Red Cross and Red Crescent have an incredible network throughout the globe with broad reaching local connections.

Organizational Strengths

R
This nonprofit has connections to governments and local NGOs and CBOs throughout the world so they build on local capacity.
International Aid Services (IAS) (1 recommendation)
International Aid Services (IAS)

http://www.ias-intl.org/
International Organization for Migration (1 recommendation) IOM is very active in the countries with issues relating to internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees. They are very effective in assisted returns of the IDPs in dignified manner and resolving cross-border migration crises. Some of their programs in Afghanistan, South-East Europe, and Africa have helped protecting, returning, and sheltering many beneficiaries.
International Organization for Migration

http://www.iom.int/jahia/jsp/index.jsp

Evidence of Impact

R
IOM is very active in the countries with issues relating to internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees. They are very effective in assisted returns of the IDPs in dignified manner and resolving cross-border migration crises. Some of their programs in Afghanistan, South-East Europe, and Africa have helped protecting, returning, and sheltering many beneficiaries.

Organizational Strengths

R
IOM has relatively nimble organizational framework, strong country teams with liaison to relevant government ministries, and adequate logistics capabilities.

Areas for Improvement

R
As far as getting more value for aid monies, IOM can certainly try to reduce its program overhead, rely more on local staff wherever possible, and coordinate with existing partners on the ground for logistics and operational effectiveness.
MERCY Malaysia (1 recommendation) Effective participatory approaches
MERCY Malaysia

http://www.mercy.org.my/

Evidence of Impact

R
Effective participatory approaches

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strength is in their southern based location and strong leadership.

Areas for Improvement

R
They would benefit from better coordination with other international agencies.
Merlin (1 recommendation) They provide solid long-term programs.
Merlin
Silver-small

http://www.merlinusa.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They provide solid long-term programs.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have an effective, coherent strategy.

Areas for Improvement

N
scaling up more
Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) (1 recommendation) They are good at providing service in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps.
Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

http://www.nrc.no/

Evidence of Impact

R
They are good at providing service in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps.

Organizational Strengths

R
They are good at advocacy; Their strength is neutrality.
Project Concern International (1 recommendation) Past grantee in Central America
Project Concern International
Silver-small

http://www.pciglobal.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Past grantee in Central America

Organizational Strengths

F
The organization's strengths lie is its strong leadership; in-country staff, and transparency. It is a well run organization.

Areas for Improvement

F
PCI could further diversify its donor base. It remains heavily dependent on US AID funding and this has proven to be its Achilles’ heel as the U.S. government's funding priorities shift.
Relief International (1 recommendation) They have been inclusive other groups and have been open to trying new methodologies. They have also been open to taking risks (e.g. working in Somalia).
Relief International
Silver-small

http://www.ri.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have been inclusive other groups and have been open to trying new methodologies. They have also been open to taking risks (e.g. working in Somalia).

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a strong VP of programs.
ShelterBox (1 recommendation) They deploy to many of the most resource restricted countries, and cover many different areas of need to respond to large scale disasters.
ShelterBox

http://www.shelterbox.org/

Organizational Strengths

O
They deploy to many of the most resource restricted countries, and cover many different areas of need to respond to large scale disasters.
The Catholic Organisation for Relief and Development Aid (CORDAID) (1 recommendation) Cordaid has had one of the best transitional shelter programs in Haiti (inspired by Build Change's work in West Sumatra, Indonesia) and has been one of the first to start incentive-based grant funding and technical assistance for retrofitting and new house construction in Haiti.
The Catholic Organisation for Relief and Development Aid (CORDAID)

http://www.cordaid.nl/nl/(12997)--.html

Evidence of Impact

N
Cordaid has had one of the best transitional shelter programs in Haiti (inspired by Build Change's work in West Sumatra, Indonesia) and has been one of the first to start incentive-based grant funding and technical assistance for retrofitting and new house construction in Haiti.

Organizational Strengths

N
They are willing to take risks and explore better models for post-earthquake shelter reconstruction.

Areas for Improvement

N
They should stay in it for longer. Many relief agencies exit the disaster environment before there is really time to create long term change.
The Flying Samaritans (1 recommendation) They are a past grantee of my organization. We have partnered in disaster relief efforts for the South Asia tsunami as well as floods in Pakistan.
The Flying Samaritans
Bronze-small

http://https://www.flyingsamaritans.net/Web/Sams/default.asp?

Evidence of Impact

F
They are a past grantee of my organization. We have partnered in disaster relief efforts for the South Asia tsunami as well as floods in Pakistan.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have a strong relationship with the United Nations, good leadership, and competent staff. They also have strong, nationwide reach with good access to key policy makers and UN officials.

Areas for Improvement

F
The UN organization can, at times, be somewhat bureaucratic. The UN Foundation helps one navigate these waters but they can, at times, still be frustrating.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) (1 recommendation) Their impact lies in field observation.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

http://www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/home

Evidence of Impact

R
Their impact lies in field observation.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have strong operational capacity.
UNICEF  (1 recommendation) They have a long term history of work all around the world. Because of their established relationships and ongoing work, they are able to respond quickly to disasters. They also will be there long after the emergency response.
UNICEF 
Silver-small

http://www.unicefusa.org/donate/monthly-giving/pledge-benefits.html?gclid=CL_ci8XI7qwCFUx_5Qod4guANg

Evidence of Impact

F
They have a long term history of work all around the world. Because of their established relationships and ongoing work, they are able to respond quickly to disasters. They also will be there long after the emergency response.

Organizational Strengths

F
They collaborate with many other organizations to do the work. Their work extends much further than relief, they address many other issues facing children.

Areas for Improvement

F
Since United States Fund is so large it is hard to know how a small or modest donation can help.
United Nations Foundation (UN Foundation) (1 recommendation) They are a past grantee of my organization. We have partnered in disaster relief efforts for the South Asia tsunami as well as floods in Pakistan.
United Nations Foundation (UN Foundation)
Silver-small

http://www.unfoundation.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
They are a past grantee of my organization. We have partnered in disaster relief efforts for the South Asia tsunami as well as floods in Pakistan.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have a strong relationship with the United Nations, good leadership, and competent staff. They also have strong, nationwide reach with good access to key policy makers and UN officials.

Areas for Improvement

F
The UN organization can, at times, be somewhat bureaucratic. The UN Foundation helps one navigate these waters but they can, at times, still be frustrating.
United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) (1 recommendation) Their impact lies in field observation.
United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

http://www.wfp.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Their impact lies in field observation.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have strong operational capacity.
World Concern (1 recommendation) WCDO has been able to get assistance to places quickly or where security is questionable through use of vouchers. Their emphasis on livelihoods support has helped people displaced in protracted emergencies sustain themselves to some degree without being too much of a burden on the host communities.
World Concern

http://www.worldconcern.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
WCDO has been able to get assistance to places quickly or where security is questionable through use of vouchers. Their emphasis on livelihoods support has helped people displaced in protracted emergencies sustain themselves to some degree without being too much of a burden on the host communities.

Organizational Strengths

N
WCDO is good at being innovative and trying to find creative ways of addressing constraints, e.g. through the use of vouchers or cash transfers.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could document and share their best practices more widely.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) (1 recommendation) Church World Service provides significant quality and accountability training to NGOs worldwide, particularly in the Asia /Pacific region. Many countries have had Sphere standards and the code of conduct presented to local staff in the local language for the first time thanks to CWS' efforts. They also serve as regional experts in Asia for Quality and Accountability, a valuable resource for NGOs both international and local.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Silver-small

http://www.worldwildlife.org/home-full.html

Evidence of Impact

N
Church World Service provides significant quality and accountability training to NGOs worldwide, particularly in the Asia /Pacific region. Many countries have had Sphere standards and the code of conduct presented to local staff in the local language for the first time thanks to CWS' efforts. They also serve as regional experts in Asia for Quality and Accountability, a valuable resource for NGOs both international and local.

Organizational Strengths

N
Well-trained staffs are the biggest strength of their international emergency response programs.
 J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO) (1 recommendation) They quickly respond to water and sanitation needs.
 J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO)
Bronze-small

http://jphro.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They quickly respond to water and sanitation needs.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their size and scale are impressive.

Areas for Improvement

N
They should broaden their reach: they are not always involved in smaller scale disasters and are slow to respond outside of areas they're currently working in.

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