The Emergency Capacity Building (ECB) Project aims 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 focuses on:
- Staff Capacity
- Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA)
- Accountability and Impact Measurement
These themes are being developed through specific multi-agency activities outlined in Consortia Engagement Plans (CEPs) and Agency Performance Improvement Plans (APIPs).
|Unloading relief material from boats in Sultanpur village, West Bengal. During floods, boats are the only source of transportation.
Photo: Anisa Draboo/Oxfam GB, 2007
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. Now in the second phase of the project, the teams are focusing on three core themes.
The Project shares knowledge and learning, and works 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 regular updates on the Project’s work see the quarterly newsletter.
The following funders have 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)