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Cordaid humanitarian aid

Humanitarian assistance

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

Once the crisis is over, we stick around and help people return to their homes, where we 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. We do this in collaboration with local partners, communities and other key actors. We enhance their capacities to respond to unfolding hazards and disasters in a timely and effective manner.

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 major disaster relief). These networks allow us to respond timely and accurately to emergencies across the globe.

Core Humanitarian Standard

Cordaid is a member of the CHS Alliance and is committed to implementing the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS).

This is a globally recognised voluntary standard that 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 high-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