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Cordaid humanitarian aid

Humanitarian assistance

We provide relief in crises and address immediate survival needs. We offer life-saving assistance, such as emergency shelter, water, food, and hygienic products, to ensure people are safe and properly protected.

Once the crisis is over, we stay and help people return to their homes. We also strengthen their ability to anticipate, adapt and respond to future disasters.

Triple nexus

In our triple nexus approach, we link relief to rehabilitation, development and peacebuilding, in collaboration with local partners, communities and other key actors. We enhance their capacities to respond to unfolding hazards and disasters timely and effectively.

Our assistance complies with the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, independence and impartiality, and respects International Humanitarian Law.

System strengthening: the sustainable way forward

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Worldwide networks

Cordaid is an active member of various national and international networks, such as Caritas Internationalis, the ACT Alliance, the Dutch Relief Alliance (funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands), and Giro555 (a Dutch fundraising platform for disaster relief). These networks allow us to respond timely and accurately to emergencies across the globe.

Core Humanitarian Standard

As a member of the CHS Alliance, Cordaid is committed to implementing the Core Humanitarian Standard.

This globally recognised voluntary standard sets out commitments that organisations and individuals involved in humanitarian responses can use to improve the quality and effectiveness of the assistance they provide.

The CHS places communities and people affected by crises at the centre of humanitarian action and describes the essential elements of principled, accountable and quality humanitarian assistance.




  • Health care

    Ensuring access to quality health care for all
  • Food systems

    Strengthening agri-food systems and creating job opportunities
  • Justice and peace

    Designing lasting solutions to injustice and insecurity
  • Education

    Providing better access to quality education



  • Triple nexus

    We aim to link relief to rehabilitation, development and peace
  • Climate justice

    We actively pursue sustainability principles across all our activities
  • Gender equity

    We want equal rights for women, men, and non-binary people
  • Diversity and inclusion

    We need diversity to build peaceful, equitable and resilient societies