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50 Years of Humanitarian Aid

Wars and conflicts, natural catastrophes and the ongoing impact of climate change – huge numbers of people around the world are suffering and need help and protection. For 50 years, the German Foreign Office together with its partners has been contributing to Germany’s humanitarian aid effort., © Auswärtiges Amt/dpa

31.10.2018 - Article

Assisting people world wide in imminent need of help.

Humanitarian Aid

Humanitarian assistance is designed to help people at risk or already in dire need as a result of natural disasters, epidemics or conflict.

Five categories exist:

  1. Immediate emergency aid is designed to save lives and alleviate acute suffering in the immediate wake of sudden disasters. One example is helping to search for and rescue victims following severe earthquakes.
  2. Ongoing emergency aid is provided in more protracted crisis situations, where there is no sign of short‑term improvement. Ongoing emergency aid measures include provision of drinking water supplies and emergency shelters.
  3. Transitional humanitarian aid is granted over the medium term and constitutes the link between short‑term emergency measures and long‑term development cooperation, for example through rehabilitation measures, so that people in need do not fall back into life‑threatening circumstances.
  4. Disaster reduction measures with the goal of preparedness are designed to reduce the impact of future crises before they happen. They include, for example, work on early‑warning mechanisms and training of humanitarian aid workers on the ground.
  5. Humanitarian mine and ordnance clearance also falls into the category of humanitarian assistance. The removal of anti‑personnel mines and unexploded ordnance, as well as victim assistance, helps save lives and reduce suffering.

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Wars and conflicts, natural catastrophes and the ongoing impact of climate change – huge numbers of people around the world are suffering and need help and protection. For 50 years, the German Foreign…

50 Years of Humanitarian Aid

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