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The future of Humanitarian Surge
In 2015 the Start Network launched a three-year Transforming Surge Capacity (TSC) project financed with UK aid from the UK government as part of the Department for International Development’s (DFID) Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP). The project has seen engagement by eleven UK-based aid agencies with a collective focus on finding ways to ensure effective civil society surge capacity in order to deliver more efficient, collaborative and localised emergency responses.
Increasing surge capacity through Asia regional platform
Atif Sohail has more than 9 years of experience in programme management and monitoring and evaluation in emergencies (in Pakistan). Previously he was working with Muslim Aid Pakistan and is now working with Christian Aid to manage their response in Nigeria, through the Go Team Asia shared humanitarian roster.
DEPP Case study: International NGOs collaborating on humanitarian surge in Asia
This case study traces the collaboration of seven international humanitarian NGOs in Asia as part of the DEPP's Transforming Surge Capacity project. It identifies the enabling factors that have allowed the involved organisations to collaborate and produce an innovative inter-agency roster for Asia. It also captures what partners have learned from collaborating at a regional level.
Collaboration in disasters put to the test: simulation of the Go Team Asia roster
Alexandra Pura from Christian Aid is the Philippines Platform Coordinator for the Transforming Surge Capacity project. Here Alexandra explains about a crisis simulation exercise that aimed to helped foster collaboration and the sharing of capacity across agencies.