Eleven non-governmental organisations have come together to form a long-term partnership called the Humanitarian Partnership Platform (HPP) to deliver efficient and effective humanitarian action.
Launching the platform, Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) director of response and recovery Moses Chimphepo hailed the NGOs for the initiative, saying it will facilitate timely response to disasters.
He said: “You need to have a contingency plan before the disaster strikes. Come up with proposals for funds early, so that when disasters occur you already have funds and therefore respond in time.”
HPP co-chairperson Mandinda Zungu, who is also Catholic Development Commission (Cadecom) executive director, said the platform is for all NGOs that work in humanitarian aid in disaster-prone districts.
“The platform will enhance the capacity of local partner organisations in humanitarian planning, preparedness, response and recovery planning,” she said.
The HPP members chaired by Care International Malawi include Eagles Relief and Development, Cadecom Blantyre, Churches Action and Relief Development, Emmanuel International, Find Your Feet, Girls Empowerment Network, Women’s Legal Resource Centre, Foundation for Community and Capacity Development, Circle for Integrated Community Development and Synod of Livingstonia Development Department.