Established in October 2017, Shared Aid Fund for Emergency Response (SAFER) is a consortium that is the result of the combined network and capabilities of CODE-NGO, HRC, and NASSA/Caritas Philippines to address the gaps in financing local disaster relief efforts.
SAFER was one of the outcomes of the START Network’s Transforming Surge Capacity Project in the Philippines in 2015. The project was aimed at making surge capacity more effective and more efficient by promoting local collaboration and coordination. As a result of this project, four large national NGO networks in the country—Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODENGO), NASSA/Caritas Philippines, National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP),and Humanitarian Response Consortium (HRC)—formed the Philippine Partnership for Emergency Response and Resilience (PPERR), which aimed to improve humanitarian coordination in the country. Later, CODE-NGO, NASSA/Caritas,and HRC organized SAFER to create a joint fundraising mechanism to address financial gaps in emergencies and disasters.
Helmed by non-profit professionals with decades of community organizing, disaster relief, and fund-raising experience, SAFER fuels the effort sof partner NGOs through a Quick Response Fund that supports and finances the latter’s on-ground disaster relief activities.
SAFER protects the integrity of funds raised for disaster relief through an accountable funding mechanism that tracks how contributions are spent, and through ensuring that affected communities receive timely, appropriate, and adequate assistance.
Through its founding member-networks, SAFER has presence across the country, a distinct advantage to carry out its mandated localized approach to disaster response and relief.SAFER is headquartered in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Information on SAFER may be found online at safer.org.ph