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How our response works

We're based in countries affected by disasters so we can be there before, during and after an emergency to save lives and support people long term. Through our work with local organisations in these countries, we can talk directly to the people affected to provide the most useful emergency response.

Our response is:

  • Fast
  • Community-led
  • Long term
  • Inclusive
  • Responsible
  • Building skills

We are members of the following coalitions so we can improve and widen our impact:

We are a members of ACT Alliance, Disasters Emergency Committee and CHS Alliance

Our vision for the future of aid work

We continuously strive to improve our humanitarian response. We're calling for changes to how agencies respond to future disasters.

At the first World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016, we asked governments and humanitarian organisations to commit to:

  1. Asking, listening and responding to the people who are directly affected by disasters.
  2. Help support local governments and organisations so they are properly equipped to deal with the crisis.
  3. Invest in disaster prevention, ensuring communities are well prepared to respond to future disasters.

In depth

Our approach to humanitarian and key reports


We've been responding to humanitarian emergencies and disasters since 1945, providing urgently needed immediate relief and long-term support.

Ways to help

Emergency appeals

We’re there before, during and after emergencies to save lives and support people for the long term.

Past emergencies

Get key facts about each appeal, see how much money we raised and the difference we made to people’s lives with your donations.

Prayers for emergencies and disasters

Pray with us to support those whose lives have been torn apart by emergencies and disasters.
Emergency fund appeal

Please donate to our emergency fund appeal to help us continue this important work.