Andrew Chaggar

Andrew Chaggar

Executive director, International Disaster Volunteers from 2008

Andy Chaggar co-founded International Disaster Volunteers (IDV) in 2008.

He originally qualified as an Electronic Engineer and worked for five years as a semiconductor designer in Munich, Germany.  However, in 2004 he was seriously injured and bereaved in the South-East Asian tsunami.

Following his recovery he began his journey as a disaster response volunteer. Before founding IDV he managed house reconstruction in Thailand, obtained a Masters degree in International Development and implemented sanitation projects in Peru.

In 2010 he was named a winner of the Vodafone Foundation’s World of Difference International Programme which enabled him to manage IDV’s operations in Haiti. In 2012 he was named as a winner of the Vodafone Foundation’s Grahame Maher award which allowed him to launch IDV’s second deployment of volunteers in the Philippines.

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Finding funding for projects that reduce disaster risk

Securing funding for disaster risk reduction work can be tricky. Andrew Chaggar suggests ways to drum up support preventative works.

Back to the frontline

Andrew Chaggar rounds up his governance-heavy year away from the frontline of disaster recovery, and divulges his latest adventure ahead.

Isaac's effects on Haiti - a lesson in crowd-sourcing

While news streams largely ignored the effects of tropical storm Isaac on Haiti this weekend, social media proved invaluable in assessing the situation remotely. Andrew Chaggar discusses the evolution of crowd-sourcing for use in disaster management.

Finding the value in marketing

You learn something every day, they say, and Andrew Chaggar is certainly finding this the case as he delves deeper into the leadership of European Disaster Volunteers.

Haitian makeshift camps - Copyright Marcello Casal Jr

After 18 months spent on the frontline in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, aid worker Andrew Chaggar finds it hard to adjust to the 'reality' of life back in the UK.

A Haitian boy receives aid after the 2010 earthquake, copyright Logan Abassi, The United Nations

Almost two years since the earthquake that saw Haiti crumble, the country is still reeling and in desperate need. So why are charities abandoning a country which can not yet fend for itself? Andrew Chaggar blogs from the frontline.

Frontline: too slow to act

Andrew Chaggar asks why slow onset disasters take so long to drive press attention, and ultimately, donations for aid.

Image courtesy of the U.S. Army

Charities face frustrating legal barriers to housing provision following a disaster, being forced to go with the political flow, says Andrew Chaggar. But tensions are high in Haiti, he warns, and time is running out for the 634,000 people still in survivor camps.

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