Sex and Age Matters: Improving Humanitarian Response in Emergencies

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Feinstein International Center, Tufts University

This report shows that proper collection, analysis and use of sex and age disaggregated data, or SADD, allows operational agencies to deliver assistance more effectively and efficiently in a crisis. The net result is more lives saved, more livelihoods preserved, and basic human rights reinforced in situations where rights are often brushed aside. This report is intended for policy makers and senior operational actors, both within the United Nations and INGOs, and in particular Humanitarian Coordinators, Heads of Offices and Cluster leads. It is also directed at donors that fund humanitarian response to natural disasters and situations of armed conflict. Data presented in this report comes from a review of over 300 publications, dozens of interviews with leading humanitarian actors in the field, and 17 case studies from around the world.
This study was supported by OCHA and CARE International.

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