The Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) is a coalition of 14 Dutch aid organisations in partnership with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA). The structure of the DRA enables participating NGOs to respond to major international crises in a timely and effective manner.

The rising number of humanitarian disasters around the world has placed an increased burden on international aid organisations. The global increase in the number of armed conflicts – and the deepening complexity of these conflicts – is also adding to the severe strain on the existing humanitarian system.

The Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) was established to meet these challenges. Improved cooperation and coordination between NGOs enables them to better respond to major international crises in a timely and effective manner. The DRA members collaborate in humanitarian interventions – delivering greater impact than members operating independently.

The DRA members are: CARE Nederland; Cordaid; Dorcas; Oxfam Novib; Plan International Nederland; Help a Child; Save the Children; SOS Children’s Villages The Netherlands; Stichting Vluchteling; Tearfund NL; Terre des Hommes; War Child; World Vision; and ZOA. The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) partners with the DRA by funding Joint Responses.


The goal of the DRA is to provide urgent humanitarian assistance and response to major international crises in a timely, relevant, effective and efficient manner. Members contribute to this goal through working towards the following five objectives:

  • Contribute to life-saving and life-sustaining humanitarian assistance in response to ongoing crises
  • Contribute to the rapid delivery of life-saving humanitarian aid in short-term emergencies
  • Improve cooperation between members to increase the effectiveness of emergency aid interventions
  • Increase the visibility of the Dutch contribution to emergency relief actions among the Dutch public, parliament and opinion makers
  • Advocate for increased humanitarian funding.


The DRA Committee comprises a Chair, Vice Chair and Acute Crisis Coordinator. The Committee manages and coordinates the DRA activities and liaises between MoFA and DRA member organisations. Regular members’ meeting are held in which the recommendation of Working Groups are approved by members.

The DRA responds to humanitarian crises by designing Joint Responses drawn up and implemented by the members best placed to respond to a crisis.

A lead organisation is nominated for each Joint Response and works with two other members to form a Response Task Force (RTF). The RTF is responsible for creating a Joint Response Guideline. This short document provides, among other things, the populations, groups and needs to be addressed by the proposed intervention, the participating partner organisations and the budgets.

Peer review mechanisms are in place to ensure the quality of each Joint Response. DRA members are required to evaluate each other’s proposals using an internal scoring system based on objective quality criteria. This process allows decisions to be made on which member organisations will participate in a particular intervention and the level of funding allocated to the action.

For a sudden onset emergency, the DRA enables a Joint Response proposal to be completed within 72 hours.


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