Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe joins REAP

Partnership updates
29 August, 2022
Author name:
Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe logo with text describing joining REAP

Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe is the humanitarian aid organisation of the Protestant state and free churches in Germany, works with local partner organisations from many countries around the world, and is a member of the global church aid network ACT Alliance. The vision and mission of Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe is focused on human dignity through localised humanitarian aid, and it pursues the goal of giving people hope and to restore dignity to life, strengthen partner organisations and to invest in disaster preparedness, responsiveness, and resilience.

Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe sees extensive un-tapped early action capacities within communities, local structures and across civil society and faith-based actors for locally-led early and anticipatory action. But these extensive capacities can be prevented from realising their highly cost-efficient and very low-regrets potential. Through the Local Leadership for Global Impact project, implemented in partnership with the Global Network of CSOs for Disaster Reduction (GNDR), Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe is investing in enabling this potential through supporting NNGO partners to work on the localisation of disaster risk management structures, systems, and financing, which enable locally-led anticipatory action and response. Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe also highlights the important role both women and men community leaders have in defining anticipatory action frameworks and aims to support diverse community groups and local structures to fulfil their role in driving the shift to earlier action across sectors from a grassroots perspective. Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe welcomes and amplifies messaging on the importance of empowering local communities and civil society organisations to shape finance for early action.

Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe contributes towards achieving the REAP targets by:

  • Continuing to focus investment in last / first mile communities and building on existing initiatives to bridge gaps through improvement in forecasting and early warning systems;
  • Enabling and supporting ‘whole of society' engagement for more effective communication of new risk and public stakeholder dialogue to prompt informed and earlier action;
  • Enabling and supporting the participation of partner CSOs, FBOs and diverse representatives from at-risk communities in the review of policies and plans;
  • Adapting financing and delivery mechanisms for anticipatory humanitarian action and working with others to do the same;
  • Working with associated networks including ACT Alliance and GNDR, and the German Government as a key donor, to scale up the shift to earlier action. 

Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe places ‘dignity’ centrally within our vision and our mission to deliver humanitarian assistance which is people-centred, respectful and which supports self-reliance. We believe that populations who received support before the peak of a crisis are better able to prepare themselves and face the crisis on their own terms. We are excited to partner and collaborate with REAP to empower local communities and civil society organisations to shape fully and predictably financed, scaled-up early action.

          -  Michael Frischmuth, Head of Programmes, Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe

REAP aims to mobilise commitment and investment in early warning and early action that is people-centred. We are delighted that Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe has joined the Partnership to contribute their experience and expertise in serving last / first mile communities, and to strengthen the Partnership's links with civil society – a critical element in ensuring that early warning and early action becomes the norm in all parts of society.

          - Ben Webster, Head of REAP Secretariat