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Where in the World is the Money Going? Analyzing the Nepal Earthquake Response

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.



The Ecology of Aid: Lots of Organizations Play Complicated Roles

While working on my recent story about the village of Takara in Vanuatu, I discovered many organizations had been to visit Takara, but it wasn’t always clear why. Following disasters aid groups often overlap, fill gaps and sometimes work invisibly in communities. Even though the organizations start out with the same goal — “to help” — the way they achieve that goal can vary widely.