Australia is a significant long-term donor to the Kingdom of Tonga and has supported development and disaster risk management programs for many years. Tropical Cyclone (TC) Gita struck Tonga in February 2018, causing destruction across multiple islands and affecting 80,000 people. Australia responded with a $14 million response and recovery package to support the provision of assistance, including humanitarian supplies, immediate shelter, health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs, and support for the health, livelihoods, essential services, gender and protection, and cash transfer sectors.
This report details the findings and recommendations from a mid-term evaluation of the Australian response and recovery package for TC Gita. The evaluation assesses the quality and impact of Australia’s assistance in the response using the Joint New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT)–DFAT Humanitarian Monitoring & Evaluation Framework for the Pacific (MEF).