International Aid Services (IAS) is an International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) abiding by Christian values. Its vision is to see a ‘godly transformed society’ and the mission is ‘to save lives, promote self-reliance and dignity through human transformation, going beyond relief and development’. Founded in 1989 with the purpose of assisting conflict affected populations in South Sudan it now runs programs in over 10 countries in primarily Horn of Africa /Eastern Africa supported by 5 offices in Europe and the United States. The international Head Office is located in Stockholm, Sweden. Humanitarian action has been a core pillar of IAS engagement since the inception of the organization.
Humanitarian Plan 2014
With this document we wish to present our Humanitarian Plan for the year 2014. It is based on our previous experience, identified needs and corresponds to our operational capacity in the respective countries. We have chosen to divide our countries according to the following criteria: Humanitarian Priority Countries: These are countries where IAS has existing country registrations (Niger, Chad, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia/Somaliland – with the exception of Niger which we will launch in 2014) and where we deem the humanitarian needs to be severe enough to warrant a more robust and longer term humanitarian engagement. The common denominator for these countries are needs due to primarily ongoing conflict and with additional recurring natural hazards, such as drought and flooding. The humanitarian financing for these countries are both through longer term humanitarian 1-3 year programmes, but also through a Rapid Response Funding Mechanism enabling additional funding to be released for rapid interventions.
Other Countries – self implementing or through partners: These are countries where IAS has either existing country registrations (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Djibouti) or where we have had long term engagement through a wide network of national partners (Paraguay, Ghana, Nigeria, Albania, Sri Lanka). The context in these countries are less volatile and more stable enabling IAS to run primarily development projects. However, there are frequent short term emergencies affecting those countries as well, such as drought or flooding or possibly politically motivated violence (such as the post-election violence in Kenya). These countries would be able to tap into humanitarian funding through the Rapid Response Funding Mechanism.
This Humanitarian Plan feed into our Humanitarian Strategy. A new and updated plan will be released in 2015. Our six priority countries are elaborated upon more in the following – one country per page providing an overview of our existing capacity and our humanitarian funding appeal. Of note is the surge capacity of available staff we have in each of the priority countries. In our other countries there are similar surge capacity in place by our own staff and partners engaged in development work. These staff are supported by both Head Office staff and regional staff, enabling us to move fast, move people across the region and meet the pressing humanitarian needs. Our total funding appeal for 2014 is 18 MUSD including 3 MUSD as Rapid Response Funding Mechanism. Our total surge capacity of staff across our priority countries are 47 number of staff. Our primary sector for all humanitarian programmes is Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and we utilize an Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach. The WASH sector is supported by other secondary sectors, such as Non-Food Items and Food Distributions.