It’s About Smart Compassion™
When disaster strikes overseas, the generosity of the American people can be inspiring. Individually and in communities, people are quick to organize to help those in need. But many times, good intentions do not have desired impacts.
USAID created the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) in 1988 to inform Americans about the smartest and most appropriate ways to help international disaster victims. When they give responsibly, Americans provide support that is most beneficial to disaster relief and recovery efforts overseas.
USAID CIDI partners closely with other Agency entities, especially USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), the U.S. Government’s first responder to emergencies overseas. We share with the public tips and best practices we have learned from the experts about effective disaster response, enabling every donor to give like a pro!
Our 20+ years of experience and strong ties to the international disaster response community make us uniquely positioned to educate and advocate for Smart Compassion™ and to harness, celebrate and direct the goodwill of the American people. We are excited to make American generosity a force for good.