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Cordaid NL
Humanitarian Aid

Rapid relief, resilient recovery

Director Humanitarian aid

Annelies Claessens

Saving lives, strengthening communities

Cordaid’s humanitarian aid program provides needs-based humanitarian aid to people affected by natural or man-made disasters. Our aims are twofold: to save lives and to strengthen communities in coping with future crises. People affected by disaster have incredible capacities for survival and recovery. We believe their participation in humanitarian programs is therefore essential. Our humanitarian assistance complies with the principles of humanitarian aid – humanity, neutrality, independence and impartiality – and respects International Humanitarian Law.

What we do

Ensuring basic human needs are met

When disasters occur, Cordaid provides emergency responses to ensure basic human needs are met. We do this in collaboration with local communities and other key humanitarian aid actors. Our aim is to save lives and to make sure people are properly protected, even in life-disruptive situations.

Resilient Recovery

At the same time, our Resilient Recovery approach strengthens the ability of communities to anticipate, adapt and respond to future hazards and shocks.

We enhance the capacities of local humanitarian actors to prepare and respond timely, effectively and appropriately to unfolding hazards and disasters. We reinforce and complement existing local capacities and partner with other international organisations to obtain maximum results (scope, scale, and speed) with high quality interventions that meet the international principles and standards for humanitarian aid.

Before, during and after disasters

Cordaid intervenes before, during and after disasters, in sequence or simultaneously:

  • we improve disaster preparedness
  • we provide emergency relief, answering immediate needs for survival: food, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), shelter and settlement, protection and cash
  • we enable recovery and reconstruction and help to re-establish livelihoods
  • 52369 people received financial assistance (2017)
  • 88519 people given access to safe drinking water (2017)
  • 19525 people provided with shelter support (2017)

Humanitarian Aid Services

Thematic expertise

Cordaid has ample expertise in the following humanitarian fields:

  • Shelter, settlement & non-food items
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion (WASH)
  • Food Security & Livelihoods
  • Protection mainstreaming

Annelies Claessens

Director Humanitarian aid

Program and grant management

Cordaid’s Humanitarian Aid Unit offers support to local implementing organisations and offers program assessment, development and implementation services.

We coordinate and/or implement 3 types of programs, all requiring their own specific forms of expertise:

Disaster Preparedness  

  • training and facilitation, capacity building in emergency preparedness and response;
  • deployment of international specialist staff in case local capacity is overstretched;
  • contingency & preparedness planning with relevant stakeholders.

Women in Unity (South Sudan) waiting for basic non-food items.

Emergency relief

We implement short term life-saving interventions, meeting the immediate needs of people affected by natural and man-made disasters. We manage grants and implement as well as manage programs and provide technical assistance in the following sectors:

  • building and repair of shelter and settlement;
  • procurement, logistics and distribution of non-food items;
  • water and sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH);
  • food security and livelihoods;
  • integration of protection in humanitarian programs.

(Resilient) Recovery

  • We develop and facilitate community recovery processes that increase communities’ resilience to absorb and recover from hazards and shocks. Methodologies we use are participatory risk assessment and community action planning.
  • We provide technical assistance to rehabilitate basic infrastructure (mostly shelter and WASH, health & community centres and schools, drainage systems, roads, livelihoods). We make infrastructures and community systems more resilient to future hazards (for example in locating and building hazard resistant housing and water systems, and by increasing community knowledge on hazard resistant features). We strengthen community organisations and local capacities to address hazards and disasters. Community preparedness, risk mapping and action planning by communities continues after Cordaid has left.

Annelies Claessens

Director Humanitarian aid

Humanitarian Aid team

Karoline Lund

Operational Manager Humanitarian Aid Unit

Annelies Claessens

Director Humanitarian aid

Margriet Verhoeven

Program manager Humanitarian Aid: Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen

Dilanga Manuweera

Program manager Humanitarian Aid: Somalia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Ukraine

Carla Lovato

Program assistant Humanitarian Aid

Ignacio Arteche

Program manager Humanitarian Aid: South Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia

Paul Borsboom

Advisor water, sanitation and hygiene promotion

Marten Treffers

Expert shelter and settlement

Inge Leuverink

Advisor Humanitarian Aid