We strive to deliver an accountable, timely and coordinated response
Several global trends are affecting the humanitarian situation around the world. We are facing challenges such as a record high number of refugees and mixed migration flows, a financing gap in the humanitarian sector, climate change that are resulting in an increased number of natural hazards leading to disasters and several regions struggling with conflict and war. States that have the responsibility to afford protection are often either unwilling or unable to do so. This has led to millions of people needing humanitarian assistance across several sectors such as food security, livelihood, protection and shelter.
The above mentioned humanitarian situation has led the humanitarian work of DCA to increase its focus on cash transfer programming focusing on food security, community based Disaster Risk Reduction and preparedness, as well as an increased use of technology in our humanitarian work to improve programme implementation, field monitoring and support to DCA’s partners.
DCAs humanitarian work supports refugees and IDPs in several countries around the world. In 2016, DCA responded to the massive refugee emergency in Uganda, where nearly 300.000 South Sudanese refugees were hosted in the Bidibidi settlement. Also, Kenya, Bangladesh and Syria are some of the places where DCA works together with partners to assist people who have been forced to leave their home.
In all the humanitarian work DCA does, we strive to deliver an accountable, timely, coordinated and effective response that meets the needs and priorities of the disaster affected populations in an increased number of acute and prolonged crisis. Our work is based on international humanitarian principles and standards and is largely implemented through local partners. DCA is improving our ability to actively involve and promote the participation of those affected by disaster or conflict. They are the first and often the most important actors in their own survival, protection and rehabilitation. By supporting the capacities and strategies of partners, local communities and civil societies, we believe that they can protect themselves against threats of violence and conflict.
DCAs overall humanitarian action policy goal is that marginalized women and men, boys and girls have increased resilience to anticipate, withstand and recover from disaster and conflict; and that they, when disaster strikes, enjoy equal access to accountable humanitarian assistance and protection of their life and dignity. The following activities are included in our humanitarian work and are all a part of achieving this goal.