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Millions of people around the world need humanitarian assistance. They face life-threatening challenges, including hunger, malnutrition, lack of access to safe water, protection challenges, poor housing, outbreak of diseases, lack of healthcare and severe poverty. Their situation is often aggravated by violence, family separation and the social breakdown of communities. Chair of the Dutch Relief Alliance, Nok van de Langenberg, says he believes the Dutch Relief Alliance is uniquely positioned to make a difference to the lives of the most vulnerable people for the following key reasons.

Integrated programmes

The Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) is a coalition of 16 Dutch aid organisations funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA). The structure of the DRA enables participating NGOs to respond to major international crises in a timely and effective manner.

The coalition is committed to saving lives and improving the health and wellbeing of the hardest hit adults and children in the world. That is why they quickly and efficiently design and implement responses to acute and protracted humanitarian crises. The combined expertise of their member organisations ensures effective programmes with integrated interventions.


The evaluation of the Dutch Relief Alliance’s humanitarian aid responses in the period 2015-2017 has made it clear that flexibility is one of the key strengths of their relationship with The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs – they fill gaps and meet needs in joint responses as quickly as possible, without lengthy approval processes. The Dutch Relief Alliance works to ensure fast turnaround times, a selection of member organisations and programme approvals in rapid-onset disasters, taking into consideration that the best-placed member organisations will respond.

2017: Over 3.5 million people reached

So far the work of the Dutch Relief Alliance has proven successful. Since the coalition started they have been working in almost 50 joint responses in crisis-affected areas with a budget of 60 million euro per year. Together they have more impact. An impact report shows that in 2017 the DRA reached over 3.5 million adults and children in eleven different countries to support them in meeting their basic needs, such as food, safe water, sanitation, protection, shelter and healthcare.

Thanks to the sustained multi-annual funding from The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Dutch Relief Alliance will continue its collaborative work, and, in the years to come, millions more people will receive much needed humanitarian assistance.

Join the DRA’s panel presentation at AidEx Brussels on Thursday 15 November at 3pm, where they will give you more insights into the working of a humanitarian alliance. Register for a free ticket here.

This blog was written by Nok van de Langenberg, Chair Dutch Relief Alliance and Head of Humanitarian Action and Safety &Security Coordinator at CARE Nederland

The members of the Dutch Relief Alliance are: CARE Nederland; Cordaid; Dorcas; ICCO en Kerk in Actie; Oxfam Novib; Plan Nederland; Red een Kind; Save the Children; SOS Kinderdorpen; Stichting Vluchteling; Tear; Terre des Hommes; War Child; War Trauma Foundation; World Vision; and ZOA. The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) partners with the DRA.