War Child is a member of the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) - an alliance of sixteen NGOs funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA). The DRA allows for the rapid deployment of humanitarian aid whenever a crisis or disaster occurs anywhere in the world

The number of humanitarian crises in the world has risen in recent years - in part due to the effects of the civil war in Syria. The number of active armed conflicts in the world is also increasing - and these conflicts are becoming increasingly complex. These developments are putting severe strain on the global humanitarian assistance framework.

The Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) was established in September 2014 to meet these challenges and reinforce aid channelled through Dutch NGOs.

Dutch Relief Alliance 

Joint Responses

The DRA allows for rapid Joint Response (JR) humanitarian initiatives. In the event of a crisis, the DRA members decide in partnership with MoFA where and when to launch a Joint Response. In the event of a humanitarian emergency, proposals for intervention have been drawn up within 72 hours of a MoFA request.

In each Joint Response, one organisation will take the lead role and draw up a humanitarian assistance plan, outlining the proposed intervention and the organisations who will take part in it.

The DRA has an internal rating system based on objective quality criteria, in which members assess each other's proposals. The process helps to select the organisations that will participate in each response and the level of funding they will receive.

War Child is currently participating in the DRA Joint Responses in Yemen, South Sudan and in the Middle East for Syrian refugees. War Child also previously participated in Joint Responses inside Iraq and the Central African Republic (CAR). 

DRA objectives

The DRA aims to respond to international humanitarian crises in a timely, accurate, effective and efficient manner. Members contribute to these goals through the following five objectives: 

  • Deliver fast humanitarian aid in the event of a crisis;
  • Deliver humanitarian aid linked to needs and gaps in response to major crises in a timely, appropriate, effective and efficient manner;
  • Generate cooperation between DRA members to help increase efficiency and effectiveness in providing humanitarian aid in crisis situations;
  • Increase the visibility of this Dutch contribution towards the Dutch constituency, particularly Parliament and the wider public;
  • Work together with other parties to tackle the major bottlenecks in humanitarian practice through co-created innovation, joint learning and research.

The Dutch government has between 2015 and 2017 made €202 million available to DRA programmes. In this way aid organisations in the alliance can continue to provide emergency aid in countries such as Yemen, Iraq, South Sudan and Syria.

The sixteen members of the DRA are: CARE Nederland; Cordaid; Dorcas; ICCO en Kerk in Actie; OXFAM Novib; Plan Nederland; Red een Kind; Save the Children; SOS Kinderdorpen; Tear; Terre des Hommes Netherlands; Stichting Vluchteling; War Child; War Trauma Foundation; World Vision; and ZOA.