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What have humanitarians learned from their response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami and Haiti Earthquake?

1pm - 2.30pm (GMT) | 26 January 2015  |  Webinar 

The evaluation of the response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami recommended that humanitarians pay more attention to local structures, be more attuned and sensible in their relationship with affected people and act in a more coordinated manner with other actors in the system.

The sector was put to the test five years later, when Haiti was rocked by an earthquake from which Haitians and humanitarians are still working to recover. Did the system take on board the lessons from the Tsunami when responding to the Haiti Earthquake? Are humanitarians learning to adapt to context? How have these experiences influenced humanitarian programming? What lessons have emerged that we have still to learn and put in practice to improve future responses?

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Despite the urgency attached to protection – also in the light of the ongoing crises in CAR and Syria – there is not much good practice and guidance available for humanitarians on how to evaluate protection.

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