Effective Public Donations in Support of Disaster Relief

Session Number: 1012
Track: International and Cross Cultural Evaluation
Session Type: Birds of a Feather Gathering
Session Facilitator: Safiya Khalid [Diaspora Outreach Specialist - USAID Center for International Disaster Information ]
Time: Oct 27, 2016 (11:45 AM - 12:45 PM)
Room: Table 22

Other Authors: Barlin Ali, Program Coordinator
USAID Center for International Disaster Information
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract: 

Immigrants living in the United States are generous in their support for people affected by disasters overseas.  This largesse often comes in the form of collections of household items or commodities that are based on assumed need. While well-intended, these donations frequently create challenges for relief workers and intended beneficiaries. Material donations can disrupt the flow of life-saving supplies to affected people, are generally not what is needed at the time they arrive and can be culturally insensitive. Fortunately, there are ways to help that are easier for the donor and which support more beneficiaries at lower cost.