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RED Card Program (Repair and Development) Chile Earthquake 2010

2011 — By DiPretoro S.

On 27 February 2010 an earthquake measuring magnitude 8.8 on the Richter scale struck the Bío-Bío and Maule regions of Chile, at a depth of only 35km. This earthquake was then followed by an equally devastating tsunami. This double disaster left more than 480 people dead, more than 1.8 million people affected, 81,000 homes destroyed and some 30 billion US dollars in damages.

As part of its shelter activities, the Chilean Red Cross (CRC) launched its ‘Tarjeta RED’ (Repair and Development) debit card program, which was designed to assist 8,400 families rebuild or repair their homes or improve the livability of their transitional shelters by allowing them to purchase needed construction materials and tools.

This document is the mid-term evaluation of the programme and of beneficiary satisfaction.  The objectives of this evaluation were the following: Assess the effectiveness and impact of the conditional cash for shelter grant, analyse the implementation strategy of the program, and identify areas of learning opportunity.