News publications and other organizations are encouraged to reuse Direct Relief-published content for free under a Creative Commons License (Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International), given the republisher complies with the requirements identified below.

When republishing:

  • Include a byline with the reporter’s name and Direct Relief in the following format: "Author Name, Direct Relief." If attribution in that format is not possible, include the following language at the top of the story: "This story was originally published by Direct Relief."
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  • With Direct Relief's permission, news publications can make changes such as localizing the content for a particular area, using a different headline, or shortening story text. To confirm edits are acceptable, please check with Direct Relief by clicking this link.
  • If new content is added to the original story — for example, a comment from a local official — a note with language to the effect of the following must be included: "Additional reporting by [reporter and organization]."
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Republishing Images:

Unless stated otherwise, images shot by Direct Relief may be republished for non-commercial purposes with proper attribution, given the republisher complies with the requirements identified below.

  • Maintain correct caption information.
  • Credit the photographer and Direct Relief in the caption. For example: "First and Last Name / Direct Relief."
  • Do not digitally alter images.

Direct Relief often contracts with freelance photographers who usually, but not always, allow their work to be published by Direct Relief’s media partners. Contact Direct Relief for permission to use images in which Direct Relief is not credited in the caption by clicking here.

Other Requirements:

  • Do not state or imply that donations to any third-party organization support Direct Relief's work.
  • Republishers may not sell Direct Relief's content.
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  • Advance permission is required to translate Direct Relief's stories into a language different from the original language of publication. To inquire, contact us here.
  • If Direct Relief requests a change to or removal of republished Direct Relief content from a site or on-air, the republisher must comply.

For any additional questions about republishing Direct Relief content, please email the team here.

Philippines: Transparency Regarding Typhoon Funds & Activities


Last week, Direct Relief sent a report to the Philippines Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr, outlining financial and program activity since Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck.

The report stemmed from a conference in early January at which the ambassador noted the deep gratitude of the Philippine government and people for the outpouring of private support after the typhoon and, also, the great difficulty in knowing how much private funding had been raised for his country, how it was being expended, or how best to ensure private activities were being coordinated with each other and with the government’s efforts to avoid duplication.

Direct Relief’s President and CEO Thomas Tighe, who also spoke at the conference, committed to the Ambassador that Direct Relief would be pleased, recognizing the absence of any formal requirement or mechanism, simply to keep him fully informed about financial and program activity and Direct Relief’s efforts to ensure coordination with other groups and the responsible officials in the Philippines.

Among Direct Relief’s typhoon-related activities has been an extensive effort with technology company Palantir aimed squarely at this very matter of transparency and better sharing of information and coordination of activities, as explained here.

The collaboration in the Philippines is built off of  similar work following Hurricane Sandy and is an outgrowth of a commitment made by Palantir and Direct Relief at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2013 to improve emergency response by deploying technology to enable rapid information sharing and cooperative planning.

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