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Emergency Response, Poverty Reduction& Community Empowerment

Massoud Foundation (MF) implements its emergency response alongside a development project as part of its interventions, this approach has been known as the humanitarian-development nexus. Coordination between emergency response and development work facilitates procedures for transitioning and for exiting a crisis and also helps build the population’s resilience and enhance long-term impact.

MF will make sure that the project highlights the fact that the interventions planned are in line with the overall humanitarian strategy of the country. In the event of a revision of the strategy, MF will adjust accordingly, in close coordination with the implementing partners and aid organizations.

Achieving a sustainable community-based development system is our goal which is included from the outset when the program defined. During the first steps of this emergency, the initial response is quick and effective, and self-reliance is not necessarily an objective. However, once basic needs are met, the evolution of the response is planned with long-term sustainability in mind.

To reduce negatively impacting the country’s employment and economy, MF’s program aims to quickly transition from direct provision of services for people affected by the crisis to specialized services with growing involvement by local actors. We plan for this transition from the beginning of the emergency intervention. After the initial emergency response phase, the second phase of the project will focus on;

• Involvement of communities and local structures to ensure culturally-appropriate solutions,

• Provide training, including vocational, business and agricultural skills training,

• Provide opportunities for coaching, mentoring, apprenticeships, and internships,

• Prioritize micro-grants over kit provision as soon as the market is operational,

• Provide business start-up kits and small grants,

• Support small- and medium-sized enterprises,

Women empowerment, capacity-building, and training are considered a key part of the above interventions. MF ensures that the project integrates gender considerations. It allows us to track the percentage of its projects and financial allocations that are designed to contribute to gender equality, needs, and concerns of women, girls, boys, and men.

MF addresses barriers to humanitarian aid for the most vulnerable, and implements targeted actions to reduce the risks of discrimination, abuse, and exploitation in the provision of aid through;

• Provision of inclusive programs and services

• Advocacy and awareness-raising

Our interventions are in line with the priorities and implementation plans of the broader humanitarian country team which covers government and international partners.

Outputs or results will be developed in close coordination with the relevant technical specialists to ensure that what is proposed is appropriate and achievable