Re-thinking the Impact of Humanitarian Aid: Background Paper for the 24th ALNAP Biannual

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Date published
01 Dec 2008
Research, reports and studies
Evaluation-related, Impact assessment, System-wide performance

The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of current debates concerning impact
assessments and to help clarify key issues around their application and utilisation in
humanitarian aid.

Our intention is to frame these issues so as to support discussion and debate at the
forthcoming 24th ALNAP Biannual in Berlin.

It is hoped that the discussions at the Biannual, and subsequent work, will enable the ALNAP
membership and the wider humanitarian community to develop a shared understanding of the
limits and possibilities of humanitarian impact assessment, and to use this understanding to
outline a practical vision for future work in this area.