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Disaster Relief

International Development written question – answered on 21st May 2008.

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Photo of Edward Davey Edward Davey Shadow Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what performance indicators his Department uses to measure the effectiveness of its response in providing emergency relief aid following a natural disaster; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander The Secretary of State for International Development

The Department for International Development (DFID) funds organisations that subscribe and adhere to, as far as is practicable, internationally accepted standards of humanitarian assistance and good practice including the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response laid out by the Sphere Project. The standards relate to:

1. Participation

2. Initial assessment

3. Response

4. Targeting

5. Monitoring

6. Evaluation

7. Aid worker competencies and responsibilities

8. Supervision, management and support of personnel.

Each of the above standards contains minimum standards, key indicators and guidance notes. More information can be found at

www.sphereproject.org

DFID receives reporting and monitors the activities of its partners in meeting standards.

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