On 8 November 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) struck the Philippines. Around 12 million people were affected, with 4 million displaced.
The Australian Government committed A$41 million in emergency relief to support affected populations. A small, but important, part of the Australian Government’s emergency relief and recovery response was the deployment of a team of Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID).
The volunteer team included three engineers, an architect, an urban planner, a construction manager and a communications specialist.
Research released by Scope Global on World Humanitarian Day 2016 examines the impact of this volunteer team. The research recognises team volunteering as an innovative and effective approach to addressing complex development and humanitarian challenges.