Some of the characteristics of the May 2008 disaster response are specific because most of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) were foreign nationals. However, many of the technical and organisational lessons apply to all humanitarian emergencies regardless of the population affected. Hence this report and its recommendations are written with the prospect in mind that South African citizens might well predominate
amongst beneficiaries in future complex humanitarian disaster scenarios.
Authors: Vicki Igglesden, Tamlyn Monson and Tara Polzer