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An overview of the latest news, stories and events of the Dutch Relief Alliance and the Joint Responses.

Video Showing Joint Response Nigeria

People in Northeast Nigeria suffered greatly since the start of the conflict in this region in 2009. More than 36,000 people have been killed; nearly 2 million people are internally displaced, and another 240,000 people sought refuge in neighbouring countries.

Five Dutch NGO’s and five local partners, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, work together in the Dutch Relief Alliance to provide emergency aid to the conflict-affected population. In 2019, the Nigeria Joint Response has been able to provide emergency assistance to more than 147.000 affected people. This year, we will support more than 84,000 people in need.

Watch the video of Nigeria Joint Response:

 

Please note: The names of the beneficiaries in the video have been changed to protect their identity. Their real names are known by Save the Children.

Read more about our Joint Response Nigeria.

Prevent Disaster for People in Humanitarian Crises in Times of COVID-19

Nederland breidt noodhulp aan Syrië uit

Binnen het samenwerkingsverband van de Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) breiden CARE Nederland, Stichting Vluchteling, World Vision en collega organisaties hun noodhulp uit in de regio’s Idlib en Aleppo in het noordwesten van Syrië. Het conflict in Zuid-Idlib en West-Aleppo gaat door en de situatie verslechtert als gevolg van aanhoudend geweld dat sinds december 2019 steeds verder escaleert. Door dit geweld zijn veel Syriërs opnieuw op de vlucht geslagen. Zij hebben dringend behoefte aan bescherming, onderdak, voedsel en gezondheidszorg. De hulporganisaties reageren op de situatie door onderdak en sanitaire voorzieningen te verschaffen en vluchtelingen te ondersteunen bij het krijgen van medische en psychosociale hulp. Daarnaast worden vluchtelingen geholpen met cash geld dat zij, afhankelijk van hun individuele situatie, naar eigen behoefte kunnen besteden. Het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken stelt via de DRA een extra budget van twee miljoen euro beschikbaar voor de uitbreiding van noodhulp in Syrië.

Personal Stories from South Sudan

The impact of multiple crises in South Sudan, including armed conflict, disease outbreak and economic hardship, continues in 2020. Since the start of the internal conflict between the government and opposition forces in 2013, some 2.3 million people have been displaced, mostly children. About seven million people – more than half of the country’s population – need humanitarian assistance, with almost five million people facing food insecurity. We share with you some personal stories of people living in South Sudan.

Long Read CAR: “It’s a bit like my parents are here again”

Since 2015, the Dutch Relief Alliance reached out to thousands of war-affected children and adults in the Central African Republic. We joined hands with Central African responders to provide shelter, protection, food and livelihood assistance, clean water and cash support. What follows is the story of some of the villagers and the responders in Ouham province. It’s a story of hope against all odds.

Dutch law against terrorism threatens quick relief response

Meer samenwerken in noodhulp? Het gebeurt al.

Noodhulp wordt effectiever door bescheidener te zijn

DRA Learning Days

During the first week of July, 2019, the DRA Community experienced a few valuable learning days. Field coordinators, Dutch coordinators and Working group members participated, amongst others. Please watch our videos about collaboration and about localisation to see what this is all about.

Dutch aid organizations offer new emergency aid to Syria

Three million civilians live under constant threat due to rising violence in Idlib and Aleppo

DRA Innovation Fund – Proposal Reviewed by External Committee

The DRA Innovation Fund (DIF) had an exciting milestone in the last week of June! The 16 submitted Concept Notes under the current Innovation Call, were pitched to an external Review Committee – after which a review took place that selected 8 of the 16 concept notes for the full proposal phase later this summer. All concept notes touch upon challenges in the humanitarian sector on the topic of ‘Safety & Protection’. This video is a recap of the review days. Want to know more? Watch also our previous two videos in the DIF Call process.

DRA Innovation Fund (DIF) Call 2019 on ‘Safety & Protection’

The DRA Innovation Working Group is inviting all interesting partners (other humanitarian organisations, corporates, social enterprises, governments, universities, knowledge institutions etc.) to reach out to DRA organisations when there is a connection to one of the published challenges.

How can we better facilitate communities to drive the design and implementation of the responses to their safety and protection challenges?

The Dutch Relief Alliance partners are looking for innovative ways in which affected communities can be more in the lead of the humanitarian aid offered by organisations. They are looking for solutions that enable two-way communication, accountability mechanisms and human centred design solutions.

How can we increase the mental health & psychological well being of people affected by humanitarian settings?

Mental health and psychological well being are increasingly important themes in providing humanitarian aid. The Dutch Relief Alliance is keen to search for innovative solutions around this topic which will enable humanitarian organisations to offer more effective help to people affected.

How to improve approaches to addressing social/gender norms (harmful) & power structures in humanitarian settings

The Dutch Relief Alliance aims to encapsulate the centrality of gender norms and their relative disruptive power. Unlike the development sector, the humanitarian sector is seemingly not focusing on this issue enough as a stand-alone focus for a project. Understanding the perspective and needs of women and children in emergencies is key to sustainability moving forward. The Dutch Relief Alliance Partners are looking for innovative approaches to address this opportunity.

How can we tackle barriers that exist to access services related to safety and protection for the most vulnerable people in need of these services

This problem statement is rooted in tackling the issue of projects being implemented without reaching an impact due to existing barriers. Without increasing knowledge on barriers for accessing vulnerable people, the needs of these people will not adequately be met. These challenges are therefore particularly relevant for reaching refugees & IDP’s, alongside issues concerning gender and other vulnerabilities created by conflict.

Dutch Relief Alliance Kickoff The Call

In March, the Dutch Relief Alliance and DCHI organised a kickoff for The Call. The Call is all about innovation and increasing our impact by working together. During this kickoff we jointly decided what our focus will be. Have a look at the video to see what we are up to!

Complementary Aid: The Added Value of the DRA

Field coordinators of the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) are unanimous in their verdict that working as part of an alliance is efficient, effective and timely. Watch our video to find out how DRA staff will continue to draw on the strengths of all partner organisations to provide the highest quality support to people in need…

AidEx: Why Trust and Partnership are Key

Aid organisations working in an alliance are able to enhance the effectiveness, timeliness, reach and quality of humanitarian aid efforts. But how does this work in practice? Find out in our report from the ‘Insights into the Working of a Humanitarian Coalition’ event – held last week at AidEx in Brussels.

How Our Humanitarian Coalition Drives Effective Change

Millions of people around the world face life-threatening challenges – including hunger, malnutrition and acute poverty. DRA chair Nok van de Langenberg explains why he believes his organisation is uniquely equipped to meet these challenges in his recent blog for AidEx

‘Insights into the workings of a humanitarian alliance’

A panel presentation by Dutch Relief Alliance and Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

DRA Sets Up Foundation to Boost Acute Crisis Responses

The Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) this week set up a new foundation – the ‘Stichting Beheer Subsidiegelden DRA’. The foundation will help streamline funding processes for acute crisis responses and more…

New Measures to Tackle Exploitation and Abuse

Dutch NGOs have launched a Joint Integrity Plan in response to public concern over recent cases of abuse in the humanitarian sector – but how does the plan work in practice? We talk to Caroline Scheffer from Save The Children to find out…

New Measures to Tackle Exploitation and Abuse (2)

Dutch NGOs have launched a Joint Integrity Plan in response to public concern over recent cases of abuse in the humanitarian sector – but how does the plan work in practice? We talk to Caroline Scheffer from Save The Children reveals more in the second part of our interview

Incident Reporting App: Emergency Smartphone Response

Increasing numbers of people are in critical need of humanitarian aid – and more funds than ever are needed to meet their needs. These challenges require new approaches – which is why the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) has launched the first Call for Proposals under the DRA Innovation Fund (DIF). This initiative sees humanitarian organisations join forces with the private sector to develop innovative proposals to tackle urgent humanitarian challenges.

DIF PROPOSALS CALL: THE FIVE FINALISTS

We are proud to present the five winning proposals of this year’s DRA Innovation Fund proposals call. Find out more about these exciting projects…

B-Ready: Building Resilient, Adaptive and Disaster Ready Communities Program

Disasters are a given fact in humanitarian work – but they can be addressed in many different ways. Do we focus on recovery of the damage done and take the casualties for granted? Or is there a more human and cost-efficient way of dealing with disasters? We think there is – and the new B-Ready tool provides an effective solution.

121: Improving cash-based assistance

Increasing numbers of people are in critical need of humanitarian aid – and more funds than ever are needed to meet their needs. These challenges require new approaches – which is why the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) has launched the first Call for Proposals under the DRA Innovation Fund (DIF). This initiative sees humanitarian organisations join forces with the private sector to develop innovative proposals to tackle urgent humanitarian challenges.

E2P (Empowered2Protect): Direct protection against sexual violence

Increasing numbers of people are in critical need of humanitarian aid – and more funds than ever are needed to meet their needs. These challenges require new approaches – which is why the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) has launched the first Call for Proposals under the DRA Innovation Fund (DIF). This initiative sees humanitarian organisations join forces with the private sector to develop innovative proposals to tackle urgent humanitarian challenges.

SCAN (Systematic Cost Analysis) Tool: enhancing humanitarian effectiveness

Increasing numbers of people are in critical need of humanitarian aid – and more funds than ever are needed to meet their needs. These challenges require new approaches – which is why the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) has launched the first Call for Proposals under the DRA Innovation Fund (DIF). This initiative sees humanitarian organisations join forces with the private sector to develop innovative proposals to tackle urgent humanitarian challenges.

NETHERLANDS SUPPORTS 200,000 IN DR CONGO WITH LIFE-SAVING ACTIVTIES

The Dutch government has released more than €3.4 million to the DRA for activities to meet urgent needs in DR Congo.

Verhoogde impact en effectiviteit noodhulpsector dankzij innovaties

Noodhulporganisaties, overheden, bedrijfsleven en kennisinstellingen bundelen hun krachten bij nieuw evenement dit maand.

Stories of Change: Art Tackles Hunger and Conflict

The Hague set to host the work of artists from Nigeria and South Sudan in a major new exhibition this September. Find out more…

DCHI Event Celebrates NGO Sector Innovation

The Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation (DCHI) Annual Event is coming – and this year the DRA is set to play a central role. Find out more

PUTTING LOCAL ACTORS AT THE HEART OF RESPONSES

The drive to establish stronger roles for local actors in humanitarian actions is a key priority for the DRA. A new paper outlines our commitment to localisation – and how we will pursue it

DRA: WORKING FOR INCREASED IMPACT

The new DRA Impact Report provides a summary of our activities during 2017 – including details of joint humanitarian responses in 11 countries.

DRA Innovation Fund Issues Proposal Call

The Dutch Relief Alliance published its first Call for Proposal on Monday 28 May under the DRA Innovation Fund (DIF). This represents a significant milestone in the existence of the DRA.

Top Marks for DRA Aid Effort

The DRA will continue to play an important role in the Dutch emergency aid effort over the coming years – assisting people affected by violent conflict, extreme poverty and natural disasters.

VIDEO: LATEST ROHINGYA JR NEWS

Our new videos show how the DRA is meeting the urgent needs of 100,000 Rohingya refugees with life-sustaining assistance

14 million people face hunger in the Horn of Africa

Dutch aid organizations launch emergency response in Ethiopia and Somalia

NGOs work together to prevent exploitation and abuse

A joint statement from Partos, Goede Doelen Nederland, Dutch Relief Alliance and SHO/Giro555.

Hulpsector werkt samen aan voorkomen misstanden

Gezamenlijke reactie Partos, Goede Doelen Nederland, Dutch Relief Alliance en SHO/Giro555

DRA 2018: INCREASING OUR IMPACT

Our new in-depth publication reveals how the DRA allows for effective, ongoing responses to humanitarian crises worldwide

VIDEO: THE DRA MEETING URGENT NEEDS

Our new video shows the vision and mission of the Dutch Relief Alliance – and how it enhances the national humanitarian aid effort.

DUTCH NGOs JOIN FORCES IN IRAQ

For the fourth year running, seven Dutch NGOs, united in the DRA, have joined forces to provide aid to displaced families in Iraq.

DRA LAUNCHES 2021 STRATEGY TO MEET CHANGES

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

DRA Launches Rohingya Response

Dutch NGOs have launched an emergency response to meet the urgent needs of Rohingya refugees inside Bangladesh.

VIDEO: LIVES CHANGED IN AFGHANISTAN

Our new series of video portraits highlight the work of the Dutch Relief Alliance to assist communities affected by the conflict in Afghanistan.

Actie nodig voor Zuid-Soedanezen

Bijna een miljoen Zuid-Soedanezen de grens met Oeganda over zijn gestoken. Internationale actie voor deze mensen is nodig.

Witness Our Projects in Yemen

Our new video highlights the work of the Dutch Relief Alliance  to assist IDPs affected by the Yemen conflict.