Long Story Short #10: What NGOs should do when donations become disasters

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Guests: Juanita Rilling, humanitarian adviser and former director of USAID Center for International Disaster Information 
Host: Kate Wathen, Devex engagement editor

When a major disaster unfolds, people around the world gather donations to send to survivors. But acts of compassion can quickly turn into a logistical nightmare for NGOs and disaster responders working to support survivors on the ground. Humanitarian adviser Juanita Rilling joins Long Story Short to explain what disaster relief organizations need to know about handling these donations — from the tax implications to preventing them in the first place.

Additional reading:

Opinion: Avoiding a second disaster in Sierra Leone
CBS: When disaster relief brings anything but relief
Center for International Disaster Information: Donations toolkit for Organizations

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