Ecumenical and holistic
ICCO and Kerk in Actie are committed to helping fellow human beings in need, with respect for their religion, their creed and their gender. Their actions take into account material, physical, social, ethical and spiritual aspects. ICCO and Kerk in Actie work through partner organizations that are judged not only on their capacities, efficiency and efficacy, but also their integrity, credibility and ability to reach out to remote communities.
Localization – the core of the approach
ICCO and Kerk in Actie work with the people, not for them. For emergency aid to be effective, it is important to act quickly and tailor aid to the needs of the local population. That is why ICCO and Kerk in Actie always work through local organizations and churches so that they can become independent, effective actors in society, both in ‘normal periods’ and times of disaster.
Understanding the local context
The nature of ICCO and Kerk in Actie partners defines their niche in disaster response: working with communities, trying to fill gaps left by others, promoting the dignity and rights of affected people, and focusing on long-term restoration of livelihoods. ICCO and Kerk in Actie are known for their expertise in the areas of disaster risk management, livelihood recovery, food security and business disaster management. ICCO and Kerk in Actie understand their responsibility as multi-mandated organizations to link disaster management to fair and sustainable development.
Quality, innovation and experience make all the difference when assisting survivors of disasters and in order to effectively deal with the growing complexity and scale of disasters. ICCO and Kerk in Actie therefore invest in the use of technical innovations like satellite data that predict droughts and data collection on affected households through mobile phones.