The Dutch government will make an extra €10 million available for emergency aid through the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA). Member of Parliament Joël Voordewind (ChristenUnie) presented a budget amendment on the budget of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. ”The extra money is badly needed,” says Kees-Jan Hooglander Deputy Director of Disaster Response Team at ZOA. “It will be spent on life-saving aid.”
Gert-Jan Segers, party leader of the ChristenUnie, announced the extra budget on a ZOA business event that was held in Leusden last week. Segers is pleased to see organizations like ZOA in the DRA: “In the past, too much aid money went to governments. If we channel it through the DRA, we know that it will be used by reliable Dutch aid organizations that spend it responsibly.”
DRA responds to major crises
The Dutch Relief Alliance is a coalition of 16 Dutch Relief organizations funded through a partnership with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The alliance aims to enhance the effectiveness, timeliness, reach and quality of the Dutch humanitarian aid effort. The €10 million comes on top of the €60 million that the DRA receives from the Ministry every year. Hooglander: “It is a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, more money is needed than ever to alleviate the distressing needs in the world. A year ago, as DRA, we asked for €100 million with substantiated proposals, so there is still a considerable gap.’’ The Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) was established to meet these challenges. The cooperation and coordination between NGOs in the DRA enables the NGO’s to better respond to major international crises.
Humanitarian aid saves lives
The DRA members collaborate in humanitarian interventions – delivering greater impact than members operating independently. Hooglander: “I am especially grateful that we can serve people in need with this money. The extra money really can save lives.” ZOA works with the DRA-consortium in Northern Iraq, the Syria region, Yemen and South Sudan. In these countries, ZOA provides clean drinking water, toilets, food distribution and shelter.
Photo Joël Voordewind by Anne-Paul Roukema