The Australian Government today announced a new partnership with Australian Red Cross, which will support communities in the Indo-Pacific region to manage humanitarian crises and development challenges.
Tuesday July 21, 2015
Port Vila residents take home relief supplies from Red Cross and the Australian Government after Cyclone Pam. Photo: IFRC
The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minster for Foreign Affairs, said: "Australia has successfully worked with Australian Red Cross for the past 40 years, including most recently in rapid and large-scale responses to humanitarian crises in Vanuatu and Nepal.
"The new partnership will draw on our joint expertise and experience to address development issues, and prepare for and better respond to humanitarian emergencies."
The four-year partnership will see $38.5 million invested in risk resilience in major cities, disaster preparedness across the region, support for women and girls, and the pre-positioning of humanitarian relief supplies in the Pacific.
Ms Bishop said: "Partnering with Australian Red Cross provides a transparent and accountable means of supporting Red Cross National Societies in our region, which often have the greatest access to vulnerable communities."
The partnership will also enable Australian Red Cross to continue its own community-based international volunteer work in the region.
Peter Walton, Head of International Programs at Australian Red Cross, welcomed the announcement.
"The new partnership for Red Cross comes on top of other funding that the Federal Government has provided in recent months to boost rapid Red Cross responses to major disasters, including the earthquakes in Nepal and Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu.
"We welcome the next stage of our collaboration with the Australian Government, which will focus on disaster management, health, safe water and sanitation, coupled with effective humanitarian action."
Around the world, Red Cross has a unique role as auxiliary to the public authorities in the humanitarian field.
Mr Walton said: "We look forward to working together in the next four years to save lives, reduce suffering and protect human dignity across our region."
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