Diakonia - People change the world
People receiving food assistance. During 2018, Diakonia and partners carried out a project in Burkina Faso and Mali, supporting marginalized families affected by the drought and food shortage. This family has got humanitarian support and the little girl has now gained weight, and also started to smile again!

Emergency response and disaster resilience

Violent conflicts, political turmoil, and natural disasters create humanitarian crises, which threaten millions of lives each year. Diakonia utilizes our strength as a long-term actor, focusing on human rights and at the same time working with our humanitarian partner organizations to save lives, reduce suffering and offer support when crises hit.

We also work on preventive measures to support communities, organizations, and countries to become more resilient when a crisis happens. This can be done through smart farming techniques, alternative and diversified livelihoods in areas affected by drought.

Crisis affect people in different ways

Globally the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance is increasing. This is due to violent conflict with large-scale displacement of people, food shortages and fragile economic, political and social institutions. Weather-related disasters are also increasing as an effect of climate change.

Humanitarian crises affect people differently depending on their roles, responsibilities, capacity, skills, access to information, resources and special needs.

Integrating relief and rehabilitation

Whenever emergencies occur, the priority for those affected is safety, survival, and recovery. In order to facilitate recovery as quickly as possible and ensure that development progress is not reversed, there is a clear need to identify ways in which relief, rehabilitation, and development can be integrated.

Diakonia’s advantage is our presence in countries with local actors that are able to respond to both long term development issues and when a sudden disaster strike.

Emergency fund

When disaster strikes, we often work within different networks, the ACT Alliance for example. With support from fellow members within our networks, we are able to carry out initiatives that make a greater impact. We also have an emergency fund that can allocate and support projects our partners find important.

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Humanitarian policy 183 KB PDF
Diakonia guidelines on Disaster Risk Reduction 1057 KB PDF