Humanitarian Action


A film about disaster preparedness in Bangladesh

Disasters may be natural or manmade and happen suddenly or over time. DanChurchAid works with the consequences of both kinds of disasters in the poorest countries in the world.

Our work on disasters

DanChurchAid has great experience in helping people who are affected by disasters and conflict.

As a part of ACT Alliance – one of the world’s largest international disaster networks with members in 140 countries around the world – DanChurchAid participates in providing fast and effective action in all countries where ACT Alliance has local partners and networks.

We help the populations that are affected on the basis of their situation and needs, and we work together with local partners who are familiar with the local social, economic and cultural conditions.  That means that DanChurchAid and ACT Alliance often can provide help in places that other organisations have difficulty in reaching.

Disaster Risk Reduction

The poorest are usually the most vulnerable when disaster strikes.  They often live in areas that are particularly exposed to, for example, floods and drought, and they have at the same time the least capacity to cope.

That is why DanChurchAid works purposefully to strengthen both poor people’s resistance to disasters and also local disaster preparedness in areas that are especially vulnerable.

What we do

DanChurchAid and ACT Alliance work on sudden onset disasters such as  earthquakes, cyclones and floods; with  slow onset disasters caused by  drought; with long-term and complex crises caused primarily by war and conflict, as well as complex emergency  are part of a vicious circle with poverty, climate fluctuations, limited capacity of national authorities and so on – and with reconstruction after disasters.

When disaster strikes, the affected population has the right to fast and effective humanitarian assistance.  Depending on the specific situation, it can be food, relief parcels, cash for local purchases or protection of vulnerable groups, or other needs which are the highest priority.

Together with local partners, DCA works to provide humanitarian assistance that meets international standards for quality and accountability, primarily HAP benchmarks and Sphere standards. DCA is a certified HAP organisation since 2008, and is also the current Chair and a core supporter of the Sphere project.

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