UK disaster response facility melds private sector, NGO expertise

Food distribution as part of the flood relief efforts in Pakistan. Photo by: Rob Holden / DfID / CC BY

The U.K. Department for International Development is setting up a facility that will mobilize lifesaving support “within hours” of a disaster.

Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell said on Wednesday (March 7) that the network, called the Rapid Response Facility, will bring together the private sector and nongovernmental organizations in providing emergency relief. He said this will help avoid red tape and get the best experts, equipment and aid on the ground quickly after a disaster.

The United Kingdom has initially approved 32 organizations with extensive experience in disaster response. These include the British Red Cross, Care International, International Rescue Committee, Oxfam, Save the Children and World Vision, among others. Prequalification can be revoked at the first sign of poor performance.

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