Integral Disaster Response Launched in South Sudan

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Integral Alliance has launched a Disaster Response in South Sudan, with an alert being issued through its newly released Disaster Response website. A total of 13 Integral Members (out of 18) are involved in the Disaster Response in South Sudan – 7 operationally, in 9 out of 10 states.

Jan Eyre, Integral’s Disaster Management Implementation Project Manager, says: “We are so pleased that our Members are now using the new Integral Disaster Response Process to co-ordinate their emergency activities in South Sudan. Our Members have developed a collaborative strategy for responding to this crisis as Integral. Our aim is to combine resources to ensure that we reach as many people as possible with the assistance they need.”

Integral’s Member Agencies have already held two teleconferences to share information and consider funding and operational strategies to maximise the impact of their work in South Sudan. The unanimous agreement amongst Members is that the Integral response to the crisis focuses on those affected by the conflict, IDPs and returnees – and not be confined to a geographical area.

Francesco Paganini, Director of Disaster Response for World Relief says, “World Relief (US) has encountered critical food security issues and evidence of severe acute malnutrition in areas of Unity State where returnees and IDPs are settling. We are glad to be partnering with our fellow Integral Members to bring more assistance to those affected by the conflict throughout South Sudan”. 

The following Integral Member Agencies are already responding operationally, through their own operations or partners in the field, raising funds, or by sending resources:

CRWRC, Food for the Hungry, Integra, MAP International, SEL France, TEAR Australia, Tear Netherlands, TearFund Switzerland, TEAR Fund New Zealand, Tearfund UK, World Concern, World Relief Canada and World Relief US.

All Integral Members sign up to the Red Cross Code of Conduct and Sphere Standards, and Integral has developed an agreed Quality Standards Statement amongst its 18 Members.

Integral’s website:

Integral Alliance is a WEA affiliate and has served as a global partner to the WEA in the field of relief and development since 2006. Integral contributes to the WEA’s goal of fostering Christian unity around the world through working with its Members on a more integrated and collaborative strategy in disasters.

More Info on the South Sudan Crisis:
From the Report of the UN Secretary-General on South Sudan (S/2012/140) March 2012:  “Large-scale return movements to South Sudan, estimated to involve more than  500,000 people from September 2011 to February 2012, continued to put pressure on limited social infrastructure, particularly in Unity, Northern Bahr el-Ghazal and Central Equatoria. An estimated 80 per cent of all recent returnees, the majority of whom have settled in remote rural areas, are currently without any means of livelihood. As a result of these returns, and the more than 350,000 people displaced inside South Sudan during 2011, South Sudan is dealing with one of the largest population movements on the continent. Some 500,000 additional southerners could return to South Sudan in the coming months.”

More Information about Integral:
• Integral’s vision is a world without poverty.
• Our mission is to work in collaboration as national relief and development agencies committed to maximising the holistic impact of our Christian response to the poor worldwide. Integral’s main focus is on working together when disasters happen, and to find opportunities for our Members to collaborate and so maximise our resources and impact following a disaster.

On Integral Collaboration:
• Integral’s goal is for all its Members to become more effective and efficient in their work and to see greater impact and reach as a result of working collaboratively. This means making sure that Integral Members share information and play complementary roles with the resources they have available when an emergency happens. The Integral Secretariat plays a co-ordinating role to facilitate better communication between all Members in disaster situations with the aim of increasing support and avoiding duplication.
• Integral is committed to working with the Micah Network and the World Evangelical Alliance to ensure that excellence is championed and collaboration encouraged within our wider constituencies.
Integral has 18 Members who work in over 85 countries and currently fund over 1100 projects in more than 30 sectors. Our Members have a combined income of over $350m USDs and are:
CEDAR Fund – Hong Kong
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee – Canada & USA
Food for the Hungry – USA
Integra – Slovakia
MAP International – USA
Missions Alliance – Norway
Mission East – Denmark
SEL France – France
Strømme Foundation – Norway
TEAR Australia – Australia
Tear– Netherlands
Tearfund – Belgium
TEAR Fund – New Zealand
Tear Fund – Switzerland
Tearfund – UK
World Concern – USA
World Relief Canada – Canada
World Relief – USA

In disaster situations Integral Members have previously collaborated in:
• 2012: S. Sudan.
• 2011: Cote d’Ivoire, Libya, North Korea, South Sudan, Japan earthquake, Middle East, East Africa food crisis
• 2010: Haiti earthquake, Sahel food crisis, Indonesia earthquake, Guatemala Hurricane, Pakistan floods
• 2009: Sri Lanka (internally displaced people), Pakistan floods, Asian disasters
• 2008:  Kenya Unrest, China Earthquake, Myanmar Cyclone, Democratic Republic of Congo, East Africa Food Crisis, India floods
• 2007: Bangladesh Floods, Zimbabwe Humanitarian Crisis
• 2006: Indonesia Earthquake
• 2004: Indonesia Tsunami, Sri Lanka Tsunami

Deborah Hancox, Interim Director of Integral
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Sarah Fordham, Integral Communications
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