Read our international disaster response social issue report, which includes: an overview of the social issue, an investment recommendation, information on the return on investment, and ways to take further action.
The scope of this report covers disasters that prompt the leaders of nations to formally appeal to the international community for multilateral humanitarian assistance. As developed nations generally have the resources needed to conduct their own relief and recovery activities, requests for external assistance come largely from developing countries. Disaster response is one important component of international humanitarian aid.
International disaster response occurs when foreign governments, agencies, and organizations assist a society whose government and civil institutions cannot adequately address the needs of its disaster-affected populations. Assistance includes immediate and longer-term efforts designed to save lives, alleviate suffering, maintain human dignity, and help people prevent, mitigate, prepare for, and respond to future crises.