Millions have fled Ukraine in the last month, and President Biden announced today that the US will take in 100,000 of the displaced. To discuss how to help refugees and how to vet aid organizations is long-time refugee aid worker Ben Granby.
UN Central Relief Fund – A pooled fund to target immediate and reporting shortfalls aid needs
UNICEF – Mainly for children, protection, education and water/sanitation works. They have vastly more experience in managing small, individual donations
UNHCR – UNHRC can fill most gaps for refugees anywhere from shelter, basic livelihoods health subsidies, lost assets, much more
UN World Food Program – Basic food parcels, can be modified to buy local factory goods but just for kcal daily needs. WFP also had long term voucher or e-card monthly cash to buy specific food items from contracted shops – to flat out monthly cash for any shops, all of this is pretty new – yet helps restore some dignity
Red Cross International – They are a good choice for smaller donations, but they have huge international non-discretionary funds to send anywhere immediately.
As Ben and Allen talk about during the show, looking into organizations before donating is important. Here are Ben’s tools for looking at 3rd party evaluations/scoring:
NGO Advisor – for emergency and longer term actors in economic development
Devineo – publishes The Global Humanitarian Assistance Report which u publications, They can ran with a close eye to be most comprehensive – (e.g. how to evaluate oupi cmniting issues of working in the pandemic setting
ANLAP – focuses on evaluating NGOs and finances
CORE – standards for INGOs to agree upon, receive certification (usually shown on websites)
Charity Navigator – provides a general review of what American NGO in the past and and recent work
Charity watch – it ranks charities, non-profits financial efficiency, accountability, governance, and fundraising.
Consumer reports has annual ranks as well
OnGood – has listings of many European non-profit actors. You can narrow your search, and even has a donation support tool, may help in knowing who can take donations and follow up
If you choose to donate to a relief agency, Ben suggests looking up in news to know of publicized corruption concerns, yet corruption is usually kept quiet. If you have questions not answered online you can contact UNHCR partners for feedback.
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