Another set of comments to Ben Anderson’s ‘Rapid Response’ piece – this time in relation to aid and the British Department for International Development.

There’s been some excellent responses on this blog and discussions elsewhere regarding Ben Anderson’s recent commentary on rapid response and emergency published in Berfrois. I just wanted to slightly broaden the debate given very recent discussions in the UK over a Rapid Response Facility (that Anderson mentions). In the last few days this was activated to provide a financial aid package and emergency capability to help contain Sierra Leone’s cholera epidemic which has already killed over 200 people (figures quoted by the BBC). The Rapid Response Facility (RRF) essentially fast-tracks financial aid to emergency partners such as the British Red Cross, Oxfam and others to provide medical assistance, anti-cholera drugs, water purification kits etc. According to DFID, the RRF

enables DFID to commit to rapid humanitarian funding for pre-qualified partners. This will be done in the first 72 hours following a rapid onset disaster, spike in a chronic…

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