This site, dedicated to programs of Emergency / Development Aid, is an interactive site that is specifically designed for you .
You intervene during the mobilization of the humanitarian intervention or, more downstream, in its implementation on the field (medical, food or logistical aid; rehabilitation of the infrastructures and of the agriculture, etc.) : we wish to offer you a place where you will easily identify your partners and where you will be identified by them ; this site also offers you the opportunity to find and to exchange technical information that contribute to improve the efficiency and the quality of humanitarian interventions. Such objectives concern everyone and, therefore, each of us : the contribution of each one is essential but is complementary of all those from the other partners.
Internet is an incomparable tool for a fast, ubiquitous and secured diffusion of data as well as for their appropriation by everyone. In this sense, it can greatly contribute to an exchange of know-how, to the mobilization of energies and to decision making processes. We wish that Internet will here play this role of catalyst by allowing each of us, from the nearest to the most remote, to feel actor of one same project. Therefore, your contributions and suggestions are not only welcome but they are also necessary to enrich our current databases and to share these with every concerned people.
We also welcome on this site the NGONUT forum of discussions whose previous contributions will be sorted out and published according to their thematic content. NGONUT was initiated by the Professor Mike Golden, from the Aberdeen University. This field network links several hundreds of nutritionists, physicians and technologists who are more or less implicated in food aid or malnutrition problems. It serves as a concrete example on how interactivity may help to solve the problems that the partners of Emergency or Development programs are routinely confronted to.
On the field, different conflicts of interest often have tendency to separate and sometimes to oppose these two modes of intervention, as well as their protagonists. The competition for the access to resources, the insufficient coordination between Emergency actions and Development projects nourish both the distrust between the implementing partners and their mutual ignorance. It prevents the efficient mobilization of means and of complementary knowledges that each one brings ; it is also prejudicial to the overall efficiency of the undertaken actions, to their transparency and to their everlastingness. At the end, it can contribute to destabilize the local economy whose skills are very little valorized, or even unknown. If the common objective is to rehabilitate the ravaged economies and to initiate a sustainable development, then it is in terms of complementarity that we need to reconsider the Emergency / Development relationships and the North / South relationships (concerning the continuum Emergency / Rehabilitation / Development, one will read the declaration of the European Commission, from 30.04.96 : http://europa.eu.int/comm/dg08/recueil/en/en16/en161_1.htm)
We do not intend to restrict our databases to information that are exclusively related either to Emergency or to Development. We think that the most valuable data are the ones which benefit from each one to the other by promoting a mutual exchange of know-how and skills.
The PAAUD/PFEDA project (Partenaires et Aliments de l'Aide d'Urgence et du Développement / Partners and Food in Emergency and Development Aid)
We wish that you help us to identify all those who are not yet recorded, be they known by everyone or do they belong to local communities having little opportunity to make know themselves. They are your privileged field partners : their precise identification will bring a valuable gain of time and efficiency for all.
We wish that you will help us to list and describe the more precisely possible these products and their features, as well as the companies which manufacture, supply or merchandise them, either in the donors countries, or locally in the countries of intervention. Such an information can efficiently help to improve the tendering process, by better identifying both the offer in donors countries and the potentialiaties that are locally available close to the intervention zones. The mobilization of such resources, whenever possible, is a first step toward rehabilitation and restart of local economy and must therefore be encouraged. It also may greatly reduce the overall logistic cost.
These information will also help each partner to trace the product and to control its quality all along its complex delivery itinerary : by a precise description of the expected characteristics (for both the products and the related services), by their close follow-up during delivery time and successive handlings, by the early identification of any eventual problem / hazard / induced risk and by the timely implementation of corrective or preventive actions.
The present Internet site offers three types of services :