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Response to International Humanitarian Crises

Response to International Humanitarian Crises

The Scottish Government recognises the significant contribution that Scotland already makes to international crises through the work of DFID, NGOs and individuals in Scotland. Additionally, Scottish Ministers may wish to respond to some international humanitarian crises in recognition of Scotland's role as a responsible nation.  In the last 8 years, the Scottish Government has responded to crises in East Africa, Yemen, Nepal, Malawi, West Africa, the Philippines, SyriaDemocratic Republic of Congo, Gaza, Haiti and Pakistan.

Humanitarian Emergency Fund (HEF)

The 2016-17 Programme for Government confirmed a £1 million Humanitarian Emergency Fund (HEF) from spring 2017.  Its purpose is to provide immediate and effective assistance to reduce the threat to life and well-being of a large number of a population caused by disasters, disease or conflict.

It was launched on 5 April 2017 when it was announced that an expert panel will be established to advise on and access the fund. It will be made up of 8-10 leading humanitarian aid organisations in Scotland with expertise in responding to emergencies.  

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Secretariat have been appointed to support the panel.

There will be a phased availability of funds and limits on how much is allocated to each emergency to ensure that funds are available throughout the year.

The Fund will be split equally into two funding streams:

  • Emergencies which lead to a DEC Appeal being triggered; and

  • Emergencies that do not lead to the trigger of a DEC Appeal.

The details of the competitive selection process for panel member organisations will be announced here in due course.