ALNAP Innovations Case Study No. 4 - PKNR

Author(s)
Justin Corbett
Language
English
Pages
12pp
Date published
01 Mar 2010
Type
Research, reports and studies
Keywords
Capacity development, Cash, Innovation
Countries
Myanmar

 

This case study describes how appropriate support for local civil-society interventions following a rapid-onset emergency can enable very fast and responsive relief at a scale commensurate with needs. After the impact of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar in 2008, local civil-society efforts were found to have greater penetration and much lower costs than conventional direct implementation by international agencies.

 

A brief period of what might be described as ‘creative chaos’ after the cyclone eased the normal organisational constraints to risk taking, enabling a number of innovations in the process of aid delivery. In particular, field teams:

  1. developed new methodologies for rapid funding and monitoring of proposals submitted by local civil-society organisations (CSOs), at scale
  2. designed and delivered options for capacity development relevant to disaster response and subsequent recovery
  3. introduced ‘do-less-harm’ initiatives, to try to minimise the negative side-effects of rapid grant disbursal
  4. established mechanisms and structures for communication and linkages between mainstream international responses and local civil-society initiatives.

 

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