Argusi AID and partners take steps in researching Dutch (i)NGO’s to improve critical humanitarian aid

In cooperation with TU Delft, WUR, Gemeente Den Haag, Save the Children, Metropool Rotterdam Den Haag (MRDH), ZOA and many more, and under supervision of DCHI we start a project with the aim to improve the impact and effectiveness of critical humanitarian aid in the first 72 hours after a large-scale critical event. A research one of many, but now with the focus on Dutch help- and aid organizations.

An increasing number of people are facing the consequences of volatile events around the globe, whether due to natural causes or man-made crisis. Citizens and societies as a whole are increasingly facing risks that can cause physical, emotional and economical damage. The mounting frequency and intensity of these events, require the international humanitarian community to become more agile in responding to these events. To prevent further physical, psychological, social and economic collapse, after such a critical event, fast and effective humanitarian interventions are needed. These interventions for example supply affected population with the critical relief items to address the most immediate humanitarian needs. Depending on the type of crisis these items can be food, shelter, medical and various other supplies. Furthermore, other forms of assistance are offered, such as medical staff, disaster response coordinators and experts. To ensure effective aid delivery, a key challenge faced is to provide the right critical relief items, to the right people at the right place in a timely manner, often within 72 hours (immediate rescue and response stages). However, the circumstances in disasters present several challenges to humanitarian agencies. These challenges include identifying and understanding the needs and size of the affected population, coordination with other NGOs and governmental agencies, uncertainty about available funds, international and local logistical challenges, cooperation of (local) government for access.

The cooperation is started with the aim to improve the impact and effectiveness of critical humanitarian aid in the first 72 hours after a large-scale critical event. More specifically, to ensure that Dutch (i)NGOs can provide the right critical, emergency relief items timely (within 72 hours) in an effective, timely and accurate manner. The project aims to identify the challenges faced, consider best-practices, highlight opportunities and propose solutions for improved agility of the Dutch (i)NGOs.

With Argusi Aid as partner within the project, Argusi Aid hopes to make the first important steps of the improvement of efficient logistics and supply chain management in the humanitarian and development sector. By first understanding how critical humanitarian aid works and what challenges organizations facing during such event, Aid hopes to put their knowledge and experience into practice and develop, together with others, a strong first aid response plan.