Humanitarian capacity-building and collaboration: lessons from the Emergency Capacity Building Project

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Through this research a number of examples of good practice in relation to surge have been identified. These include working with local partners, which provides quick access to disaster-affected areas and populations; local knowledge; and the potential to support capacity building at local level; preparedness – humanitarian agencies have established agreements with vendors in advance of disasters in order to have rapid access to goods and avoiding the need for warehousing and stockpiling; recruitment – establishing and developing surge rosters and creating standing surge teams has allowed aid organisations to recruit and deploy people even when emergencies are no longer receiving global attention; coordination and collaboration – where surge has been undertaken in a coordinated and collaborative manner, often through federated organisations and membership networks, there have been lower levels of duplication; partnerships – partnerships with the private sector have allowed for the provision of alternative resources for surge response in terms of goods, systems, staffing and financial resources

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