In 2013, International Solutions Group performed an evaluation of UNICEF’s Emergency Preparedness Systems worldwide. Over time, UNICEF’s role in emergencies has grown, a trend that will likely continue in the years ahead. In the late 1990s, disasters alone affected an estimated 66.5 million children a year; with the effects of climate change yet to be fully known, these numbers are projected to increase to as many as 175 million a year in the coming decade.
Given the higher frequency of emergencies due to intra-state conflict, climate change, and pandemics that are likely in the foreseeable future, with potentially higher impact on children, it is crucial that UNICEF be optimally prepared so as to minimize loss of life, reduce human suffering, and realize children’s rights when emergencies occur. Accordingly, UNICEF has made considerable investments to strengthen its emergency preparedness in recent years.
In this context, the evaluation’s objective was to examine, as systematically and objectively as possible, the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, connectedness, sustainability and coverage of UNICEF’s current emergency preparedness systems across its global operations. Its main purpose was to help UNICEF become
better braced for the wide range of emergencies it faces – and to blunt the effects of emergencies when they do occur – and thus help it save more lives and reduce human suffering in ever-better ways.
UNICEF announced that this evaluation is now publicly available online. Click here to access this evaluation report now.