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Ministers announce €4 million for Ireland’s Rapid Response Initiative

Budget/funding, Emergencies, Aid Effectiveness, News/feature, Ireland, 2017

 

Minister Flanagan and Minister of State McHugh announce €4 million for Ireland’s Rapid Response Initiative

Today, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D., and Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh T.D., announced new funding of €4 million for Ireland’s Rapid Response Initiative.

Announcing the funding, Minister Flanagan said:

“The scale of humanitarian needs globally is at an unprecedented level. Ireland has stepped up its humanitarian response, providing some €195 million in funding to crises last year alone.

“In addition to funding, Ireland also provides invaluable support and assistance under the Rapid Response Initiative, a central feature of Ireland’s overseas humanitarian assistance programme whereby we preposition and stockpile essential relief items in a number UN Humanitarian Response Depots around the world. 

“Our supplies include family tents, tarpaulins and shelter kits for building shelters, basic household items including blankets, mosquito nets, cooking sets, solar lamps and hygiene kits, as well as water and sanitation items including jerry cans and water tanks.

“€2 million of the funding we are announcing today will be used to procure, through the UN system, relief supplies throughout the year, and preposition and airlift them into crises for distribution to those most in need.” 

Minister McHugh said:

“Also under Ireland’s rapid Response Initiative we deploy highly skilled members of our Rapid Response Corps at short notice to work as much needed surge capacity in frontline humanitarian response operations.  37 members were deployed into 20 crisis situations last year.  

Our rapid responders are specialists in child protection, shelter and camp management, logistics, electrical and construction engineering, nutrition, civil-military coordination, water and sanitation, and other areas.  I am proud of the work that they do, often in difficult and challenging environments.”

 

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24 March 2017

 

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