The Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) this week published its strategy to the year 2021 – which sees the alliance of Dutch NGOs outline four strategic priorities in response to the changing humanitarian context

Download the complete DRA Strategy 2018-2021

The Dutch Relief Alliance – an alliance of 16 Dutch humanitarian NGOs funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) – this week published its organisational strategy to the year 2021.

The new strategy sees the 16 participating NGOs agree new priorities in response to key global trends and future challenges in the delivery of humanitarian assistance. The document has also been drafted to allow for more effective support to be delivered to populations in need.

These key global trends highlight the extent of the challenges facing humanitarian actors across the world. UNHCR figures show that in 2016 the total number of forcibly displaced people was more than 65 million – the highest ever recorded total.

An estimated 164.2 million people were also classified as in need of humanitarian assistance. Yet the same period also saw the funding gap between estimated need and UN coordinated appeals rise to $8.2 billion – a shortfall of some 40 per cent.

The new DRA strategy has been drafted to address these challenges. The document sees the participating organisations commit to strengthen the capacity of local NGOs best placed to provide rapid humanitarian assistance. This development will see INGOs increasingly dedicate their efforts towards coordination, fundraising and awareness-raising – in keeping with the commitments outlined in the UN-endorsed ‘Grand Bargain’.

The new DRA strategy will see the alliance implement concrete measures to realise four key strategic priorities:

  • More accountable humanitarian action
  • Greater emphasis on innovation and learning
  • Increased collaboration for effective responses
  • More effective support for locally-led responses

The complete DRA Strategy 2018-2021 is available to download here.