ADRA Australia is now in a position to receive Federal Government funding for disaster management over the next five years.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) provides funding to six Australian humanitarian agencies or consortiums for disaster risk reduction and emergency response through the Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP).
Last year ADRA helped establish the Church Agencies Network Disaster Operations (CANDO) unit comprising eight church-based aid and development organisations, including Caritas, the Australian Lutheran World Service, Act for Peace, Anglican Board of Mission, Anglican Overseas Aid, Baptist World Aid Australia and Uniting World.
The CANDO consortium submitted a successful bid to DFAT to receive funding through the AHP. This will enable ADRA to support capacity building for disaster risk reduction in the South Pacific, as well as disaster response globally, over the next five years.
ADRA Australia CEO Mark Webster hailed the decision as a “massive milestone”.
“We are incredibly proud of our work during disasters and this decision is a fantastic endorsement by the Australian Government.”