Why this goal?
Conflict, instability, poor governance and climate change have created an unprecedented level of humanitarian need.
Often spanning multiple geographies, crises are becoming increasingly complex and protracted, with affected
communities needing additional support for longer periods of time.
Saving lives and alleviating human suffering
GOAL's Emergency Response function focuses on saving lives and alleviating human suffering. This response often involves prioritising needs such as food, water, shelter, cash and other non-food items. It also sees GOAL reduce morbidity and mortality through the delivery of targeted health responses, including: emergency sanitation, hygiene promotion, disease surveillance, immunisation campaigns, outbreak response, curative nutrition programmes and primary healthcare services.
Such initiatives may then transition to more sustained and long-term programming, where the focus shifts to the rehabilitation of health, water, sanitation, food and other market systems.
How will GOAL achieve this?
GOAL is strengthening its existing response capabilities and working with a range of partners to ensure a more effective response to slow-onset and acute emergencies. We plan to achieve this by:
- Strengthening local and international emergency capacity frameworks to deliver flexible life-saving assistance.
- Strengthening existing response systems in-country, such as national emergency response agencies, local civic institutions and businesses that can rapidly provide life-saving goods and services.
- Working in tandem with local, national and regional actors, avoiding duplicative international mechanisms wherever possible.
- Identifying new partners that will complement our emergency response capability and will help implement more timely responses.
- Using technology to improve data quality and cash based programming.
- Absorbing feedback and learning to foster a culture of continuous improvement and adaptation.
Stories: Emergency Response in action
Humanitarian and Emergency Response
GOAL’s emergency response function focuses, at first instance, on saving lives and alleviating
human suffering. The response may involve prioritising needs such as food, water, shelter, cash
and other non-food items in line with needs and working alongside local and international partners.