Skip to content


Evaluation of DFID’s humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

DFID’s Conflict, Humanitarian and Security Department (CHASE) commissioned Itad to conduct an evaluation of its humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda), which struck the central provinces of the Philippines on 8 November 2013.

Graham Walter , John Levers , Barnaby Willitts-King , Katie Tong , Mary Ann Brocklesby , Courtenay Cabot Venton , Graham Walter, John Ievers, Barnaby Willitts-King, Katie Tong, Mary Ann Brocklesby and Courtenay Cabot Venton

The typhoon was one of the strongest recorded typhoons to make landfall. More than 16 million people were affected and over four million displaced. The typhoon generated a global humanitarian response, with the UN declaring a Level 3 emergency activating the 2011 Transformative Agenda protocols. The UK provided £77 million in humanitarian support, making it the largest bilateral donor. In all, funding pledges from multilateral agencies and other donors totalled $896 million.

This report presents the main findings, lessons and recommendations of the evaluation, drawing on interviews and data collection with DFID and its partners at headquarter levels, and in the Philippines, including Manila and areas affected by the typhoon.