Thursday, March 05, 2009

$5 Million Grant to Six Major Humanitarian Agencies

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently donated $5 million to CARE, Catholic Relief Services, Mercy Corps, Oxfam, Save the Children and World Vision. With support from the foundation, these humanitarian agencies have launched the Emergency Capacity Building Project (ECB) in 2005. The project aims to change the way disaster relief is currently being done, where emergency help is often inconsistent. Over the next few years, ECB plans to implement innovative new methods for disaster relief operations including online data-sharing systems and guides for field staff. With this new funding, they will be able to make significant improvements towards more effective emergency relief.