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Concern joins landmark humanitarian venture

Concern Worldwide UK is now a member of the newly established Consortium of British Humanitarian Agencies (CBHA) alongside 14 other leading UK based NGOs.

The consortium received two years of funding of £8 million from the Department for International Development commencing 1 March 2010. This grant will help deliver better and quicker humanitarian assistance to people affected by disaster.

 

This funding will:

  • Provide an emergency response fund for money that we know we can rely on in the first 48 hours of an emergency
  • Improve staff skills
  • Increase staff numbers to respond quickly and effectively to emergencies
  • Strengthen supply chain systems, to improve the efficiency of storage, transport and distribution of relief items
  • Help gather and distribute information

Avoiding duplication

The CBHA is an important initiative. Some of the recent criticism of humanitarian relief focuses on the lack of appropriate coordination between different organisations. In some cases, this has created confusion and duplication of work and also has affected the speed of responses.

Better coordination

Through this project,15 UK NGOs have committed to closer collaboration and coordination. The member agencies will coordinate with each other and with the UN coordination, improving effectiveness.

Members

The other UK NGOs that are part of the consortium are: ActionAid, Action against Hunger, CARE International UK, CAFOD, Christian Aid, HelpAge International, IRC UK, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Merlin, Oxfam GB, Plan International UK, Save the Children UK, Tearfund and World Vision UK. (all links)