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Towards a collective funding platform for humanitarian crises
Véronique de Geoffroy and Laure Pons

 

 Conclusion

The comparison of various mechanisms shows that there is no single ideal solution, but rather a variety of solutions from the past with specific relations between NGOs, the media and the general public in each context. For the time being, nothing like this proposed French mechanism exists and obviously the idea needs to be refined and validated in practice. The hope is that it will help to present a collective image of an organised and pacified sector and that it will include transparent and constructive communication mechanisms which, in time, will help to increase public confidence and commitment when disasters take place.

 

Véronique de Geoffroy , Director of operations, Groupe URD
Laure Pons, researcher, Groupe URD

 

This article is a summary of the study carried out by Groupe URD called, “Tsunami and Haiti: good practice in non-governmental funding”.

 

Collectif « Asie Enfants Isolés » : The “Collectif Asie Enfants Isolés” was a non-profit organisation (under the French law of 1901) created in January 2005 by the Minister of Solidarity, Health and Family, Philippe Douste-Blazy. It brought together 20 aid NGOs specialised in working with children. The goal of the collective was to set up projects as quickly as possible to help children return to their families or to a foster family in their own country. To do this, the collective launched an appeal to raise funds which were then re-distributed in a fair and equitable way between the 13 French organisations present in the field that were specialised in working with children. The collective was dissolved in the summer of 2009.

Fondation de France: (www.fondationdefrance.org) The Fondation de France is a private independent organisation which was created in 1969 to provide support to projects for people in need by acting as a link between funding agencies and actors in the field. To do this, it collects and manages funds raised with cross-border donations making sure that they are re-distributed to the most pressing causes. To increase the transparency of its activities and to increase public confidence, the FDF is a signatory of the Charte de déontologie des organisations faisant appel à la générosité du public (a charter of good practice for fundraising organisations), which is based on the principle of transparency. As such, the redistribution of the funds raised is monitored by the Comité de la Charte.

Swiss Solidarity: (www.swiss-solidarity.org) Swiss Solidarity is a public interest, non-profit social and humanitarian organisation which was created in 1946 with the objective of “bringing aid to those in difficulty, faced with misfortune and adversity regardless of the cause”. To reach its objective, Swiss Solidarity launches fundraising campaigns in the media. The funds raised are redistributed to aid projects run by around thirty selected NGOs strictly adhering to the following distribution strategy: 15% for emergency aid, 70% for reconstruction and rehabilitation and 15% for sustainable development. To ensure that there is a good level of donor confidence, the organisation monitors the projects that it supports both financially and operationally as well as regularly informing the general public about how the funds collected are used.

D.E.C. (Disasters Emergency Committee): (United Kingdom) (www.dec.org.uk) The D.E.C. is an independent organisation created in 1963 which brings together a variety of bodies from different sectors in the event of disasters (floods, earthquakes, famine, etc.) to maximise the funds collected and ensure that they are used in as optimal and responsible a manner possible. To do this, it launches fundraising campaigns with the support of the Rapid Response Network, a large support network which includes various media services, the post office and certain banks which helps to raise funds quickly and effectively. The funds are then redistributed between 13 registered UK charities which have to meet certain precise criteria.