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
HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE CONSORTIUM
Founded in 2010, the Humanitarian Response Consortium or HRC is an organization geared towards delivering sustainable aid through comprehensive solutions.
HRC has nine member organizations with strategic operations in all three major island groups in the Philippines. These organizations can come together and launch an emergency response as one consortium in the event of a natural disaster or conflict.
CAUCUS OF DEVELOPMENT NGO NETWORKS
With its early beginnings in 1988, Caucus of Development NGO Networks or CODE-NGO was formally established in May of 1990, fueled by the motivation to scale up NGO impact on national development in the country.
To date, CODE-NGO now represents, with its 12 national and regional networks, 1600 NGOs, people's organizations and cooperatives as they move to increase the effectiveness of social development work in the country.
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines' (CBCP) humanitarian, development, and advocacy arm is NASSA/Caritas Philippines.
It has long been at the forefront of various programs aimed to improve the lives of the citizenry. The organization is best know for its flagship program "Alay Kapwa", but also has programs that center on good governance, peace building, agrarian justice, microfinance, and emergency response.
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