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4 April 2011 13:30-15:30(GMT+01BST)) -Public event, at the Overseas Development Institute, London, and screened live online
Network Paper 69 summarises the basic characteristics of a Common Needs Assessment and reviews experience in using assessments in recent years. The authors note that while good CNAs can help to develop a better joint understanding of needs, capabilities, and appropriate response, in trying to meet too many objectives, CNAs have sometimes failed to live up to this potential. Carrying out a CNA takes time and resources; even when funds and experienced assessors are available, results have not always been useful or timely. Drawing on field experience from more than a dozen CNAs, this paper identifies the opportunities, costs and trade-offs involved in carrying them out and provides an overview of steps which can be taken to avert common problems.
Wendy Fenton Coordinator, Humanitarian Practice Network
Richard Garfield Professor, Assessment Team, Columbia University Primary author, Network Paper 69
James Darcy Senior Research Fellow, Humanitarian Policy Group, ODI
Loretta Hieber-Girardet – Disaster and Vulnerability Policy Section, OCHA
Randolph Kent Director, Humanitarian Futures Programme, Kings College London
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