The global community of humanitarian assistance providers, both military and civilian, is addressing the urgent need for more effective activities. Although military and civilian providers of humanitarian relief often face similar challenges in delivering effective relief, there are distinct differences in their approach, constraints, resources, and areas of expertise. Some differences may have delayed the development of close working relationships in some instances. Despite differences, civilian and military providers share the common goals of relieving suffering and improving health and other conditions for mankind. Civilian and military providers also currently have parallel efforts aimed at developing and ensuring more effective humanitarian assistance, particularly through information sharing. This report, from the military perspective of Department of Defense provided humanitarian assistance, and a sister report on "other-than-DoD" providers of humanitarian assistance, reviews the current convergent evolution of measuring the effectiveness of humanitarian assistance.
CDHAM Publication 02-03
Center for Disaster & Humanitarian Assistance Medicine (CDHAM), Online Disaster & Humanitarian Assistance Portal, http://www.picnet.net/cdham/modules.php?name=Downloads