International Disaster Relief

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International Disaster Relief
International Disaster Relief

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Five ways foreign aid and NGOs can make things worse when disaster strikes

Nearly all of us are collective donors in some sense – when governments send relief to disaster areas, the money they use comes from taxpayers. Many of us are also individual donors, sending funds directly from our own wallets to charitable organisations and coordinated appeals. But in the past ten to 15 years, allegations of counterproductive relief efforts and unused donations have generated concern among donors – not only because money might be misspent or cause harm but also because this this might also discourage charitable giving.

These concerns are not unfounded; large-scale international disaster relief can have drawbacks that range from wasting resources to seriously…

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 Five ways foreign aid and NGOs can make things worse when disaster strikes

Perhaps more importantly, when external organisations step in to take over they can undermine recovery in multiple ways. For one thing, bad experiences can make citizens lose confidence in their own governments’ ability and willingness to provide public services.

Third Wave Volunteers

Third Wave Volunteers first responders are a disaster relief non-profit 501c3 set up to mobilize; medical and non-medical responders and sustainable aid to underserved and affected communities.


Our mission is to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world. Drawing strength from our global diversity, resources and experience, we promote innovative solutions and are advocates for global responsibility.


Direct Relief International provides medical assistance to improve the quality of life for people victimized by poverty, disaster, and civil unrest at home and throughout the world. We work to strengthen the in-country health efforts of our partners by providing essential material resources.

Doctors Without Borders

MSF is an independent international medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care in nearly 60 countries.

International Medical Corps

International Medical Corps (IMC) is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

International Rescue Committee

For more than 70 years, the International Rescue Committee has been a leader in humanitarian relief. We mobilize quickly, bringing sustained support to regions torn apart by violence and deprivation. We provide a fresh start in the U.S. for refugees.

Medecins Sans Frontieres

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is an international humanitarian aid organisation that provides emergency medical assistance to populations in danger in more than 70 countries.

Medical Teams International

We implement and support programs that address the causes and effects of inadequate health care. Our initiatives include training and education to build the skill and capacity of our partners, volunteers, staff and those we serve in order to produce sustainable change.


Tearfund is a Christian relief and development agency working with a global network of local churches to help eradicate poverty.


At InSTEDD we design and use open source technology tools to help partners enhance collaboration and improve information flow to better deliver critical services to vulnerable populations.

Keep a Child Alive

With more than 28 million dead and 15 million orphaned, the disease continues, wiping out whole societies, threatening economic infrastructure and creating tragic family devastation. We provide life-saving medication, support, and orphan care, to keep these children and families alive. Keep a Child Alive gives 100%* of public donations to our cause.

Medical Missions for Children

Global Telemedicine & Teaching Network...Our mission is to help the world''s critically ill children by providing medical diagnoses and treatment via telemedicine to children and mothers in underserved communities around the world and facilitating medical knowledge transfer from those who have it to those who need it.

Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.

Plenty International

Believing that all life is connected and how we live affects the world, Plenty's founders were committed to creating an organization to help protect and share the world's abundance and knowledge for the benefit of all people.


We are a not-for-profit organization dedicated to actively promoting the recovery of unused medical supplies for the purpose of global aid, waste reduction, and cost-effectiveness. We seek to inspire and serve as a catalyst through education, practice and example.


ReSurge International (formerly Interplast) provides free reconstructive surgeries for the poor and builds year-round medical access in underserved areas. It restores the dreams of those with deformities and injuries, and impacts the world by renewing the health of thousands of children and adults each year so they can go to school, provide for their families and contribute to society.

Save the Children

Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. Recognized for our commitment to accountability, innovation and collaboration, our work takes us into the heart of communities, where we help children and families help themselves.


Seva Foundation was formed in 1978 with a mission to alleviate suffering caused by disease and poverty. Our approach is to build partnerships that respond to locally defined problems with culturally sustainable solutions.

World Vision

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.


Africare works in partnership with African communities to achieve healthy and productive societies. Africare's approach places communities at the center of development activities. Africare believes that only through strong communities can Africa feed itself, appropriately exploit its natural resources, educate, care and protect its children.

American Leprosy Missions

American Leprosy Missions has launched an extensive Deliver the Cure Campaign. The immediate goal for this important effort is to deliver a complete cure and critical rehabilitation for 25,000 children, men, and women with leprosy around the world '' before it is too late for them.

American Near East Refugee Aid

ANERA addresses the long-term economic and social needs of Palestinians, Lebanese and Jordanians, and also provides relief during emergencies.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is part of the world’s largest humanitarian network with 13 million volunteers in 187 countries. Working together, we help respond to disasters, build safer communities, and educate future humanitarians. Each year, we reach an average of more than 100 million people across the globe.

American Refugee Committee International

The American Refugee Committee works with refugees, displaced people, and those at risk to help them survive crises and rebuild lives of dignity, health, security and self-sufficiency.


Delivering medicines, medical supplies, and aid to people in crisis around the world.

British Red Cross

We are a volunteer-led humanitarian organisation that helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are.

Canadian Red Cross

The Canadian Red Cross mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.

Catholic Relief Services

Our mission is to assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, working in the spirit of Catholic Social Teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person.

Lutheran World Relief

Lutheran World Relief works with partners in 35 countries to help people grow food, improve health, strengthen communities, end conflict, build livelihoods and recover from disasters.

Operation USA

Operation USA helps communities alleviate the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty throughout the world by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid. We provide material and financial assistance to grassroots organizations that promote sustainable development, leadership and capacity building, income generating activities, provide education and health services, and advocate on behalf of vulnerable people.


UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. We have the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality.

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