The Anglican Board of Mission and Anglican Overseas Aid have been selected to join the Australian Humanitarian Partnership, set up by the Australian government, with the aim of responding rapidly to global crises. The partnership has a particular focus on Pacific preparedness and resilience work.
The partnership was announced by the Australian Government at a launch in Brisbane on Friday. The Anglican Board of Mission and Anglican Overseas Aid will form a consortium of eight church based organisations selected to be in the partnership - the Church Agencies Network Disaster Operation (CAN DO).
“CAN DO enables us to pre-position, prepare and resource churches to be first responders,” said Anglican Overseas Aid chief executive Bob Mitchell. “We will leverage our strong, lifesaving programmes to help the most vulnerable in these communities.”
The AHP is a five-year multi million dollar commitment from the Australian Government which brings together six organisations - Care, Caritas/CAN DO, Oxfam, Plan International, Save the Children and World Vision. Speaking at the AHP’s launch in Brisbane, the Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the partnership will increase the capacity of Pacific organisations and communities to manage crises.
CAN DO Chair, Anthony Sell, said the network members will use their extensive reach of church partners throughout the Pacific to reduce the disaster risk of highly vulnerable urban and remote island communities. “As individual agencies we already respond well to natural disasters. By joining together into a strong network, we can make an even greater difference, especially to our vulnerable neighbouring Pacific communities,” Mr Sell said.