CID Humanitarian

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Photo source: Mark Mitchell, Caritas


CID facilitates the Non-Government Disaster Relief Forum (NDRF), a standing committee of CID made up of members that have an interest and involvement in international humanitarian response and emergency management issues.

The aim of the NDRF is to provide a collective civil society voice and forum for co-operation and shared learning for best practice in international humanitarian assistance for New Zealand NGOs. NDRF members work closely together during humanitarian emergencies to minimise duplication and ensure their response is as effective as possible.

Usually the focus of the group is on their humanitarian work across the world, however NDRF members were on the ground shortly after the devastating 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch in 2011. The NDRF worked to ensure coordination amongst not only members but other international NGO’s that come to work in Christchurch during the response.

NDRF is an open forum and encourages non-CID members and observers, such as the Red Cross and the Ministry for Civil Defence and Emergency Management, to engage with the NDRF and contribute to outcomes of the forum.

For up to date information on the latest emergencies, or for more information about the NDRF, visit contact Dr Darren Brunk, Humanitarian Coordinator


Latest response

NZ Aid workers launch joint action for South Sudan famine















(Photo credit: Home page: Simon Day, World Vision NZ; right: Mark Mitchell, Caritas.)

New Zealand’s major aid agencies are uniting in an urgent plea for public donations to support their collective effort to prevent a humanitarian calamity in crisis-affected South Sudan and Greater Horn of Africa, including Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda.
Conflict and drought have placed 70 million people in need of immediate food aid. 5 million are already on the brink of starvation in South Sudan – a population the size of New Zealand’s. 6 million more are at risk in Somalia.
In 2016 the New Zealand public donated generously, contributing over $16.5 million for humanitarian relief efforts in the region. This year, please consider donating again, and help NZ relief agencies save more lives:

UNICEF NZ is scaling up relief efforts for millions of crisis affected children in South Sudan and Somalia, providing essential measles vaccines, medical care and nutritional supplements to mothers and their children, and child protection services for 500,000 children and adolescents, including those released from armed groups.

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is responding to ongoing conflict, drought and displacement in South Sudan, through the distribution of food and shelter and by creating access to water. Activities are being carried out in Juba, Yei, Wau and Torit.

Christian World Service (CWS) is deeply committed to vulnerable communities across South Sudan including famine-affected Unity State, and among refugee communities. They are providing food, digging waterholes, running schools, distributing tools and seeds and assisting with shelter as part of a comprehensive relief effort.

World Vision New Zealand is aiding the delivery of food assistance to those worse affected across South Sudan, as well as supporting emergency nutrition centres treating severely malnourished children under five years of age.

Tearfund New Zealand is re-empowering trauma-affected South Sudanese refugees in Uganda, particularly those newly displaced & victims of abuse/torture & gender-based violence.

Save the Children New Zealand and its partners have been present in the Horn of Africa for over 20 years, and its recent relief efforts have reached more than 2.5 million people. Aid includes emergency nutrition, food distribution, livelihoods, health, water source rehabilitation, education, child protection and non-food items.

ChildFund New Zealand’s focus is to support projects that assist children for both long term change and when crisis strikes. They are often the most vulnerable in times of a humanitarian crisis. ChildFund's partners in Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya are providing food, water and psycho-social support to children.

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has a long-term presence in the Horn of Africa. In response to this crisis the global ADRA network is providing emergency food distributions, school feeding programmes, water trucking and cash transfers to the most severely affected families in South-Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, Kenya and Yemen. In particular ADRA New Zealand is funding the distribution of food vouchers in some of the hardest hit areas of Somalia.

Oxfam is working in South Sudan, Lake Chad Basin, across the Horn of Africa and in Yemen to provide life-saving support. Our response so far has included emergency food and nutrition, access to safe, clean water, distributing cash and vouchers for seeds, tools and livestock care and improving sanitation through bathing facilities and toilet repair to prevent disease.