29 Oct 2013
Executive director, European Disaster Volunteers
Andy Chaggar co-founded European Disaster Volunteers (EDV) 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 EDV 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 EDV’s operations in Haiti. He is now based in the UK preparing EDV to respond to a future disaster.
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Securing funding for disaster risk reduction work can be tricky. Andrew Chaggar suggests ways to drum up support preventative works.
Preventing disasters in the first place is obviously preferable to providing relief afterwards, says Andrew Chaggar, but convincing people locally is no easy task.
Attracting funding can be a challenge in prevention projects, given people don't notice what doesn't happen. But prevention must be better than cure, says Andy Chaggar.
How do you measure impact when there's so little consensus over how to do it or what the results should be? Andrew Chaggar offers his take on measuring sustainability.
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.
Andy Chaggar puts objections to some of Lord Hodgson's recommendations in the Charities Act Review into context, with his own charity as an example.