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The Emergency Capacity Building (ECB) Project aimed to improve the speed, quality, and effectiveness of the humanitarian community to save lives, improve welfare, and protect the rights of people in emergency situations.
Disasters and humanitarian emergencies are increasing in magnitude and complexity.* This presents a major challenge to the NGOs that respond to these emergencies.
The ECB Project's intiatives were focused in three thematic areas:
These themes were addressed through specific multi-agency activities outlined in Consortia Engagement Plans (CEPs) and Agency Performance Improvement Plans (APIPs).
Photo credit: © Solidarites International, Bangladesh, 2013. Description: Cyclone Mahasen struck Bangladesh in June 2013. The ECB Project supported a Joint Needs Assessment to assses the needs of the affected people quickly and accurately.
How did the ECB Project start?
The Project started in 2004 when emergency directors from seven agencies – CARE International, Catholic Relief Services, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Oxfam GB, Save the Children and World Vision International – met to discuss the most persistent challenges in humanitarian aid delivery. An Inter-Agency Working Group (IWG) on Emergency Capacity was formed after this meeting and published a Report on Emergency Capacity the following year. Following this, the ECB Project intiative began, spanning eight years (Phase I- 2005-2008 and Phase II -2008-2013).
The Project shared knowledge and learning, and worked with and through existing sector standards, agencies, and networks such as UNIASC, UNOCHA, Sphere, People in Aid, ALNAP, Inter-Action, HAP International, and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Needs Assessment Task Force (NATF). All publications and resources are freely available to download in multiple languages. For detailed articles about the Project’s work see the archive of ECB newsletters.
The following organisations provided vital support to allow the ECB Project to continue:
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- European Commission Humanitarian Aid Department (DG ECHO)
- UK Department for International Development (UKAID / DfID)
- USAID (OFDA)
- Private donors.
* Data source: EM-DAT: The OFDA/CRED International Disaster Database – www.emdat.be – Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels (Belgium)