WORKSHOP INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION
Disaster Management, particularly emergency relief, is one of the most challenging areas in the humanitarian sector – and it is even more challenging for grant-making foundations that often do not have a permanent presence in the country. To name just a few of the recurring challenges: access to reliable information; security; the need to make decisions quickly; limited availability of partner organizations; risk of misuse of funds; lack of coordination and cooperation on site; and increasing competition between NGOs. How do different foundations deal with these challenges? What are the most effective ways to intervene in disaster prone communities? Are there ways to make a positive and lasting difference in the emergency phase, or should we focus on early recovery, reconstruction and Disaster Risk Reduction? What about the long-term impacts of our investments? Should we work with government agencies? Is there a need for greater co-ordination between donors, and if so what should it look like? Do we already – or how can we, going forward – fully leverage our resources, and expertise? The C&A Foundation and the JTI Foundation – both supporting Disaster Management initiatives across the globe – gathered some specialists and practitioners to kick-off a discussion on these topics, and to determine whether more cooperation in the sector is possible and desirable.