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14 Mar 2017 description
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Now in its 10th year, the Emergency Response Fund Scheme (ERFS) was established to promote early action and reduce loss of life in a sudden humanitarian crisis. Irish Aid has just allocated €2.7 million to six humanitarian partners under the Scheme for 2017: Concern Worldwide, Trócaire, Christian Aid Ireland, Plan International Ireland, World Vision Ireland and Oxfam Ireland.

How does the Fund work?

The scheme is particularly geared towards the initial weeks after the onset of an emergency and targets those in immediate need.

16 Feb 2011 description
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Irish Aid established the Emergency Response Fund Scheme (ERFS) in 2007 as part of its ongoing efforts to put the principles of Good Humanitarian Donorship (GHD) into practice. The scheme, which has been widely welcomed as innovative and original in nature, sees Irish Aid pre-position a defined amount of funding with participating NGOs so as to provide for an urgent and immediate response to a sudden onset crisis as and when it occurs.

14 Jul 2010 description
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On 12 January, an earthquake the magnitude of 7.0 hit Haiti just 10 miles from its capital Port-au-Prince. According to the UN, an estimated 250,000 people were killed, and approximately 1.5 million people made homeless.

14 Mar 2010 description

Minister of State for Overseas Development, Mr Peter Power, T.D., today announced funding of more than €800,000 to agencies responding to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Haiti.

The funding will be provided to Plan Ireland, Christian Aid and UN agencies.

This latest round of emergency funding brings the total Government aid commitment to Haiti to almost €4 million. It is focused on education and child protection, shelter, agriculture and environmental support.

Making the announcement, Minister Power said:

"Nearly two months after the earthquake, the needs of people of …

25 Feb 2010 description
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Minister of State for Overseas Development Peter Power announces significant funding for shelter in Haiti

The Minister of State for Overseas Development, Mr Peter Power T.D., today announced a further €1 million in funding to support the international response to the earthquake in Haiti.

The funding will be channelled through the United Nations and international humanitarian organisations which are tasked with providing urgently-needed shelter and child protection services for those affected by the disaster of January 12.

This €1 million is in addition to €3 million in assistance …

25 Jan 2010 description
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Minister of State for Overseas Development, Mr Peter Power, T.D., today announced a second consignment of 40 tonnes of essential humanitarian supplies for Haiti.

The aid, which is supplied by the Government and will be distributed by aid agencies on the ground, includes plastic sheeting and tents for shelter; water containers and sanitation equipment.

The Minister made the announcement after today's meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Brussels. Speaking after the meeting, he said:

"It is clear that the humanitarian situation in Haiti remains extremely grave.

21 Jan 2010 description

Dáil schedule amended for statements on Haiti disaster

Minister of State for Overseas Development, Mr Peter Power, T.D., today paid tribute to the extraordinary generosity of the public in their response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

Addressing the Dáil on Ireland's response to the disaster, Minister Power said:

"The Irish people have demonstrated an extraordinary level of generosity in supporting appeals from NGOs and UN agencies over the past few days.

15 Jan 2010 description

Minister of State for Overseas Development, Peter Power, today announced that the Government is to freight 85 tonnes of emergency supplies to Haiti as part of the international aid effort.

The Government supplies will be given to Concern and Goal for distribution to 8,000 families. The consignment includes mosquito nets, essential plastic sheeting for shelter and water tanks.

Commenting on the consignment, Minister Power said:

"It is essential that these important supplies reach the people of Haiti as quickly as possible. The fastest way in is by air.

14 Jan 2010 description

The Government is to send a team of experts to Haiti to assist in the international emergency effort in the wake of this week's devastating earthquake.

The technical team, which will be drawn from Irish Aid, the Government's programme for overseas development, will initially be charged with assessing needs on the ground, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin and Minister of State for Overseas Development, Peter Power announced today.

"This team, whose members are highly-experienced in emergency situations, will initially assess the immediate needs of the Haitian …

13 Jan 2010 description

The Government has announced emergency humanitarian assistance for those affected by the devastating earthquake which struck Haiti yesterday.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is working to establish the number of Irish citizens who may have been affected and is in close contact with the US Administration, other EU Member States and Irish organisations with links to Haiti.

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin stated this morning:

"Reports reaching us from Haiti indicate the horrific extent of the destruction caused by this earthquake. Our immediate thoughts are with …