DARA INC

aka DARA   |   Washington, DC   |  http://daraint.org/

Mission

DARA is an independent, non-profit organization that works to improve the quality and effectiveness of aid for people affected by conflicts and disasters. Our aim is to transform the humanitarian system so that it is more accountable to affected people, and to help build resilience and capacity to prevent future crises. We work with local and international humanitarian and development organizations, governments, private institutions and foundations to achieve maximum results and lasting impact from aid efforts. We provide innovative, evidence-based research and analysis. Our flagship programs are the Refugee Response Index (RRI) and the Humanitarian Response Index (HRI).

Ruling year info

2011

Principal Officer

Silvia Hidalgo

Main address

4805 Van Ness Street

Washington, DC 20016 USA

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EIN

27-1203106

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (Q05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (M05)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

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Humanitarian Response Index (HRI)

Created in 2007, the Humanitarian Response Index(/humanitarian-response-index/?phpMyAdmin=15c4ce8dfebt3948e8dfr8ab8) (HRI) works to promote good donor practice and contribute to greater transparency and accountability of humanitarian action. Our goal is to ensure the right aid gets to the right people at the right time. 
The HRI is the world’s only independent watchdog for monitoring and assessing the quality, performance and accountability of  humanitarian and foreign assistance provided by the world's main donor government donors.  The HRI is based on extensive field research to crisis hotspots like Afghanistan, Haiti, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, interviews with hundreds of senior aid workers, and extensive analysis of aid data and statistics.  By providing an independent assessment and evidence on how donor governments perform, the HRI helps civil society and policy makers benchmark how well government humanitarian assistance meets the needs of people affected by disasters and conflicts. As such the HRI contributes to international efforts to improve aid effectiveness, transparency, accountability and impact of relief and recovery efforts.
The HRI is an independent exercise that is not funded by any government in order to maintain the impartiality and independence of our research and analysis.
Over the past five years, many of issues and concerns raised by HRI reports, such as politization of aid, or the lack of attention to gender issues in relief efforts, have now become part of the international aid reform agenda. Many of our recommendations have been followed-up by governments and aid agencies, and the HRI has become an indispensable reference on aid issues for aid and civil society organizations, academics and researchers, and the media.  
The next phase of the HRI will expand our analysis to review the growing role and importance of new and emerging government donors such as Brazil, China or Saudi Arabia, as well as how well private sector, non-profit organizations and charitable foundations apply good donor practices in post-disaster response and recovery efforts.

Population(s) Served

The RRI is an index that monitors and measures countries’ response to refugees in a comprehensive manner without establishing an overall ranking of individual countries.
The RRI includes all countries hosting refugee populations, contributing to sustaining the global refugee system and/or facilitating durable solutions for refugees, without penalizing those with differing capacities. It acknowledges different and complementary contributions of states as a necessary first step towards fair responsibility-sharing.
The RRI constitutes a baseline of country performance in support of the adoption and implementation, in 2018, of the Global Compact on Refugees, as announced by the September 2016 New York Declaration.

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DARA INC

Board of directors
as of 1/23/2018
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Board co-chair

Silvia Hidalgo


Board co-chair

Harry Cohen

José María Figueres Olsen

President of the Carbon War Room. Former President of Costa Rica (94-98), and former CEO of the World Economic Forum

Harry Cohen

Founding partner at HDBC Advisors LLC (USA), a financial risk advisory firm. Over 20 years experience in the international financial sector, working in Paris, London, Madrid and New York

James Bishop

Acting CEO and Director of Humanitarian Policy and Practice at InterAction from 1995 to 2010, founding member of the Sphere Project Management Team, Former US Ambassador in Niger, Liberia and Somalia

Steven Hansch

Several decades experience in teaching and lecturing courses in the field of humanitarian aid in Standford Univ, Hopkins, Georgetown, George Washington and other American Universities.

Diego Hidalgo Schnur

Chairman of DARA and FRIDE, fouder of the Club of Madrid and the Toledo International Centre for Peace, Former World Bank African division Director