Typhoon Yolanda was an eye-opener for all organizations working not only in the humanitarian sector but also for the local CSOs who were also victims and whose partner communities were devastated in 2013. Many international NGOs flew in to help, but Yolanda highlighted the presence and active role of local organizations in ensuring that help gets to the areas where it is most needed.
This scoping study on surge capacity of Philippine CSOs aims to look at how development organizations respond to emergencies. Do they have “surge capacity”? How can their presence be maximized in the
disaster-affected areas? The study also looks at the strengths of CSOs and the challenges they faced during responses. It is hoped that the result of this study will help in shaping partnership and collaboration models with local CSOs in disaster response.
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