Haiti quake four years on

Four years after the earthquake in Haiti, it is still hard to trace where the money has gone. Data released by the USAid last year shows it spent more than $270m on projects in Haiti in 2013, with US-based companies receiving almost half of this and American...

Typhoon Haiyan: ‘Aid must be effective’

As the world reacts to Typhoon Haiyan and relief aid is sent to the Philippines, we hope that it will be provided generously and quickly – but also effectively. It is all too often the case in humanitarian disasters that aid is badly targeted. This results in some...

UN OCHA publishes aid data to common standard

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is now presenting information about aid contributions in a format that is compatible with industry standards. OCHA’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS) has been publishing data on international...