3.2 Checklist for good programming in emergencies

  • Ensure consistency with CARE’s mission, vision and programming principles.
  • Have a design that is based on a clear understanding of the disaster risk, including a holistic analysis of hazards, capacities and vulnerabilities, as well as priority needs.
  • Wherever feasible, protect the rights and needs of the poorest in their communities and engage in appropriate risk reduction-related initiatives.
  • Review CARE’s Humanitarian Accountability Framework to understand what you and your team are accountable for, including adherence to applicable interagency standards and codes (namely Core Humanitarian Standard, Code of Conduct,  Sphere Minimum Standards in Disaster Response).
  • Ensure the active participation of project participants in the assessment, design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation processes. Ensure that emergency assistance is targeted and proportional to the unmet needs of the ‘most vulnerable’ or ‘at risk’ groups.
  • Don’t work in isolation – be informed by relevant governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental policy context, and be linked into relevant coordination mechanisms.
  • Take into account gender roles, based on a broad contextual understanding of cultural and environmental factors.
  • Clearly link a relief and recovery programme to a disaster risk reduction strategy to reduce people’s vulnerabilities to future hazards by strengthening local capacities.
  • Have a clear exit strategy that outlines how and when the project activities will be phased out and, where relevant, how the project impact can be sustained beyond the project implementation period

For more information, see chapter on Quality and accountability