Abby Stoddard February 2017
In a humanitarian crisis, one of the most important things to know is who is doing what, and where. That said, it has always been difficult to get an accurate and well-informed understanding of the presence of humanitarian actors on the ground, due to the autonomous and de-centralised nature of humanitarian responses. This is particularly the case in highly insecure settings. ALNAP's Bridging the Evidence Gap webinar series, discusses Humanitarian Outcomes' work on mapping the presence of local and international humanitarian actors.
The View from the Foxhole: How Risk and the Fragmented Perspective of Agencies Limits the Reach of Humanitarian Aid
Abby Stoddard December 2016
How does imbalanced coverage come about in a field dedicated to providing aid ‘on the basis of need alone, giving priority to the most urgent cases of distress’? This guest blog for ATHA comes from Abby Stoddard. Abby is a Partner with Humanitarian Outcomes, an international research consultancy providing analysis and policy advice for humanitarian agencies and donor governments.
Madam President Fatima Gailani & Abby Stoddard June 2016
Where aid is most needed in a conflict it may be too difficult for international eyes to be on the ground. In these circumstances dialogue with communities to make sure aid is reaching those most in need is more important than ever. During the World Humanitarian Summit I spoke with Madam President Fatima Gailani of the Afghanistan Red Crescent Society and Abby Stoddard of Humanitarian Outcomes, a researcher on access to conflict affected countries.
John Caccavale AUG 2015
All eyes are on Addis Ababa, waiting to see the fate of yet another proposed peace-agreement. Meanwhile, the most affected areas and people of this conflict remain cut off from humanitarian aid. The SAVE research programme has monitored humanitarian access- the degree to which affected people are able to reach, and be reached by, humanitarian aid - in South Sudan for the past ten months. During lulls in the conflict, when aid agencies feel relatively safe at their program sites, with no shelling to be heard in the distance, it is the extreme logistical challenges of unforgiving terrain and remote locations that keeps aid from reaching further. During these times the focus is on airstrips, road conditions, flooding, the price of airplanes and helicopters, and the prioritisation of locations and supplies.
Abby Stoddard Aug 2015
The preliminary findings of SAVE research on Presence and Coverage are beginning to emerge, shedding new light on how humanitarian access is affected by insecurity. While it is well understood that access is reduced and constrained in violent environments, there has never been an attempt to measure these effects – in part because the humanitarian footprint itself has never been fully quantified. SAVE is attempting to full this evidence gap.
Photo: © John Caccavale