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ALNAP Lessons Papers

ALNAP Lessons Papers aim to improve the performance of humanitarian action by making the lessons of previous responses available in a concise and readable format. They are aimed at staff designing and evaluating humanitarian responses. The papers are predominantly based on evaluation findings held in ALNAP's Humanitarian Evaluation and Learning Portal (HELP), as well as additional material.

Some lessons papers below have been submitted by ALNAP members or produced in collaboration with other organisations. Others have been commissioned by the ALNAP Secretariat.



Nepal Earthquake Response: Lessons for operational agencies
French  |  Mandarin
Spanish | Nepali
by David Sanderson and Ben Ramalingham
May 2015

Responding to Earthquakes: Learning from earthquake relief and recovery operations

French  |  Spanish  |  Chinese
by John Cosgrave
July 2008

South Asia Earthquake 2005: Learning from Previous Recovery Operations
Spanish  |  Urdu
by Tony Beck, published by ALNAP/Provention Consortium
December 2005 



Responding to Flood Disasters: Learning from previous relief and recovery operations (updated)
French  |  Spanish
by John Cosgrave
July 2014

Flood Disasters: learning from previous relief and recovery operations
French  |  Spanish
by Khurshid Alam, published by ALNAP/Provention Consortium
January 2008 

Urban disasters


Humanitarian Interventions
in Settings of Urban Violence

French  |  Spanish  |  Arabic
by Elena Lucchi
January 2014

Responding to Urban Disasters: Learning from previous relief and recovery operations (updated)
French  |  Spanish
by David Sanderson, Paul Knox Clarke and Leah Campbell
November 2012

Responding to urban disasters: Learning from previous relief and recovery operations
French  |  Spanish
by Ian O'Donnell and Kristin Smart with Ben Ramalingam
July 2009


Humanitarian action in drought-related emergencies
French  |  Spanish  |  Arabic
by Kerren Hedlund and Paul Knox Clarke
October 2011


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