Partnerships and Networks

Working in conflict and disaster areas is complex. Cooperation is therefore crucial. As ZOA we cannot, and do not want to achieve our objectives on our own. We greatly value our donors, the implementing and strategic partners. We consider partnerships and collaboration essential elements of our work, in the field as well as in the Netherlands and worldwide. We cooperate with other NGOs wherever possible, sharing knowledge and experience on implementation and security, lobbying among policymakers, complementing each other in the implementation of programmes, raising awareness among the public, as well as soliciting for funds. We also observe that institutional donors develop preferences to work through consortia.

During 2018, highlights in cooperation were:


The Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA), established in 2015, is a unique cooperation of sixteen Netherlands registered NGOs. They work closely with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to propose and implement relief programmes funded by the Dutch Relief Fund. This model works well and proves to be effective.

The following organisations are part of the Dutch Relief Alliance: CARE Nederland, Cordaid, Dorcas, ICCO / Kerk in Actie, Oxfam Novib, Plan Nederland, Red een Kind, Save the Children, Tear, Terre des Hommes, SOS Kinderdorpen, Stichting Vluchteling, War Child, War Trauma Foundation, World Vision and ZOA.

In 2018, the DRA implemented Joint Responses in Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Northern Iraq, South Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen. ZOA leads the Syria Joint Response and participates in the Joint Responses in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Yemen (until 2018).

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ZOA became a member of Integral Alliance in 2015. Integral is a global network of Christian relief and development agencies from across the world. Membership allows partners to work closely together in humanitarian assistance and in sharing expertise and resources.

EU Cord network

Christian Organisations in Relief and Development from countries in the European Union set up this network with a desire to create opportunities for and between members. Opportunities to work together towards shared objectives; to form supportive professional relationships; to access EC funding and to influence policy. For ZOA, EUCORD creates a platform to meet with potential partners to form consortia, share knowledge and sometimes even to receive funding for Emergency Relief Operations. An example is the collaboration between ZOA and Tearfund UK. Together they prepared an application to the European Union for emergency assistance in Nigeria.

Kenniscentrum Humanitaire Hulp

In 2016, ZOA was a co-founder of KUNO, the Knowledge Center for Humanitarian Assistance in The Hague. The center is a cooperation of ten humanitarian NGOs, five expertise institutes and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Center plays a key role in information sharing, knowledge gathering and initiating debate.