The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and humanitarian shelter officials claim that 762,000 people have been reached with either a tent or a tarp in Nepal. Meanwhile, the aid community claims to have reached 3 million. What can explain this discrepancy?
Billions of Aid Dollars Spent: Why Isn’t Haiti Ready for a Hurricane?
Cholera in Haiti: UN Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
Aidworkers Pen Protest Letter: Cite ‘Callous Negligence’ at UN, Aid Organizations
One Year After the Nepal Quake and Zero Houses Rebuilt: Why I’m Not Surprised
Closed Doors, Open Secrets: How the World Abandoned Millions of Syrian Refugees in Turkey
The Problem with Secret Aid
The Rights of Refugees in Turkey: Primary Resources
What Happened to the Aid? Nepal Earthquake Response Echoes Haiti
More Than 80 Major Local Aid Organizations in Nepal Left Out of Direct Funding
Documentation on the Nepal Earthquake
Where in the World is the Money Going? Analyzing the Nepal Earthquake Response
Lessons Learned from the Aid Work at Takara
Why I Quit Moonlighting for Nonprofits, my interview on TinySpark
The Secret Language of Aid: This Is Why No One Can Track the Money
Haiti Tourism: Challenging, But Charming to Some
The IRD Scandal and My Ethics Clause
5 Years After the Quake: Haiti’s Rich Get Richer
These documents can be used to assess and review the humanitarian response in Nepal. I included government lists of approved humanitarian aid and taxes. Please note this document set dynamically updates as I write additional stories and conduct additional research, so check back for new additions.
In order to write the story, “Disappointing Findings on International Aid in the Nepal Earthquake Disaster,” I referred to a tremendous amount of data and documents. I believe that the quality and quantity of reporting on humanitarian disasters is damaged by the difficulty people have in accessing crucial information. Keeping that in mind, I have made all of my original research and data analysis available to the public.
After an overwhelming response to my story, “The IRD Scandal and My Ethics Clause,” I was interviewed by TinySpark, a podcast whose goal is to “investigate the business of doing good.” You can listen to the interview by clicking the orange carrot below. I’ve also included a full transcript of our conversation.
My dear readers, a confession: I could have told you the truth much sooner. I was stubborn.
During my time in Haiti reporting on the 2010 earthquake, I sometimes did one-off photo assignments for nonprofit organizations. It was a sweet gig. Despite their tax status, the “nonprofits” always paid far better than news outlets.
A few months ago, I stood on a hillside in Petionville, Haiti, overlooking the small, green town below me. Most of the wooden buildings survived the earthquake in 2010, and from the hill, I could hear the church bell in the village square ringing out the hour. It was my first visit back to Haiti in 18 months and the reconstruction appeared to be making progress.