NRC has signed a 315 million Swedish kronor framework agreement with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
The money will go to programmes for displaced people in Afghanistan, Iraq, DR Congo, Somalia and Sudan, among other countries. The agreement contains a unique possibility to respond to crisis and catastrophe situations worldwide.
- This is an agreement that will help refugees and internally displaced people worldwide. Not least because it includes a unique “quick-respond”- mechanism that allows the resources to be released within 24 hours in urgent crisis situations, says NRC Secretary General Elisabeth Rasmusson.
The agreement applies from 2011 until 2013, keeping Sida within the list of NRC’s three biggest donors, a list also including the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the EU.
- We are very pleased with the agreement that gives NRC better flexibility to respond both to existing and potential new humanitarian needs in Africa, Asia, Latin-America and the Middle East. The agreement gives us flexibility to move the funds both within country programs and between countries, in order to use the money where they are needed the most. Lasting three years, the agreement gives us the predictability that is needed in humanitarian work. This gives us the opportunity to plan our efforts on a long-term basis in countries where this is needed.
NRC had a two-year agreement with SIDA during 2009-2010, and several yearly agreements prior to this