Improving internal controls: the Ernst &Young guide for humanitarian aid organizations
Natural disasters of all kinds are terrifying and shocking, but they are not unusual. About 75 percent of the earth’s population lives in an area that experienced at least one earthquake, tropical cyclone, flood or drought between 1980 and 2000.
Fortunately, relief, development and non-government organizations (NGOs) of all kinds are experienced at mobilizing quickly in the wake of a disaster, then helping local communities to rebuild and recover. The devastating floods in Pakistan demonstrate once again how vital these organizations are to delivering food, shelter, water and medical care to alleviate immediate suffering and then helping to rebuild lives in the long term.
In times of disaster and rebuilding, helping the helpers
At Ernst & Young, we were so inspired by the relief efforts in the wake of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that we asked ourselves, what is the most important thing we can do to lend a hand?
We saw that the same organizations that deal so adeptly with the chaotic aftermath of a disaster often struggle to manage a different kind of chaos: the wave of funding that arrives at their doors from around the world.
Bringing transparency and accountability to companies and markets is central to our business. So we created this free, downloadable guide to help NGOs develop the organizational capacity to meet the enormous challenges presented by responses to natural disasters and establish the controls for humanitarian aid and resourcing that are so important for rebuilding and rehabilitation.
In the aftermath of the tsunami, Improving internal controls: the Ernst & Young guide for humanitarian aid organizations was translated into Indonesian and Nepalese and used as the basis for more than 50 training workshops. Since 2005, the Guide has been requested by NGOs over a thousand times, as those organizations put the structures in place that will make them even more effective when they are needed most.
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