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Thursday, 27 October 2011

Faster funding to save more lives when disasters hit

A new funding scheme has been launched by the British Government today to help UK aid partners deliver rapid, essential support when humanitarian emergencies strike - such as earthquakes, floods and famines.

Providing funding quickly saves lives: people are most at risk in the first critical hours of any humanitarian response. The new scheme - known as the Rapid Response Facility - will make sure the UK can allocate funds with speed to trusted partners that deliver high quality results and provide the best value for money.

The new scheme meets one of the key commitments in the Government’s response to Lord Ashdown's Humanitarian Emergency Response Review by establishing a facility to provide fast funding to pre-qualified organisations in the first 72 hours following an emergency.

DFID is now seeking applications from UK based organisations to register for the Rapid Response Facility (RRF), which firmly puts the emphasis on delivery, rather than paperwork in the first critical stages of a humanitarian response.

Source: DFID