Every year the Dutch Relief Alliance presents an overview of the humanitarian work we delivered. The reports give brief descriptions of the context, interventions, highlights and lessons learnt of our joint responses. In addition, we report on the achievements of our Integrity Task Force, which was set up in response to the disturbing news about sexual misconduct by humanitarian staff. And we present relevant developments regarding our four strategic priorities: accountability, innovation, collaboration, and localisation.
In 2020, the Dutch Relief Alliance responded directly to the COVID-19 crisis. Interventions included the reinforcement of hygiene measures, training of health staff, and provision of medical equipment. At the same time, we assisted the most vulnerable people with food aid and cash transfers. In total we reached almost 5,4 million people with humanitarian assistance in 14 countries.
In 2019, we’ve reached 2.3 million people with humanitarian assistance in the areas of WASH, food security, protection, shelter, cash, health and education. In 2019, DRA started with the implementation of innovation projects, such as the introduction of the invi bracelet, a self-defence device that produces a foul smell to repel perpetrators in order to prevent women from sexual violence.
In 2018, we offered life-saving and life-sustaining assistance to 3.2 million individuals around the world affected by socio-natural disasters, conflicts, displacement and/or fragility. We have made remarkable progress with respect to localisation. DRA members increasingly work with local partners and also put them in the spotlight. We support local organisations that respond to local needs by boosting their capacities.
The Impact Report outlines a number of successes over the course of 2017. The year saw the DRA support more than 3.5 million adults and children to meet their basic needs, such as food, safe water, sanitation, protection, shelter and healthcare. The coalition was active in 11 countries over the course of the year and invested €65 million in humanitarian joint responses.