How the international humanitarian system supports government disaster response
This guide was developed in cooperation with the Inter-Agency Working Group on Risk, Emergencyand Disasters for Latin America and the Caribbean (REDLAC).REDLAC was created in 2003 as an interagency workgroup inspired by the global level Inter-AgencyStanding Committee (IASC) to develop an exchange platform for information and the discussionof humanitarian matters. REDLAC includes more than 27 members from United Nations agencies,the Red Cross Movement, Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) and donors committed to theassociation principles of the global humanitarian platform. Its mission is to increase the impact of
humanitarian action for the benet of vulnerable populations in Latin America and the Caribbean
through the coordination of humanitarian actors and support to public institutions and civil society.
Specically, REDLAC aims to increase cooperation in disaster reduction, preparation and response
through information exchange, joint planning and common activities.Through REDLAC, interagency cooperation has improved during disaster response at regional as well
as local levels, reected in joint grant delivery and through the implementation of logistics capacity
assessments in several countries.This guide can be downloaded at http://www.redhum.orgREDLAC would like to express gratitude to the following for committing to and supporting this publication: More than 27 representatives of member organizations to REDLAC working to create and improvetools for better humanitarian actions in the region;WFP, IOM and CEPREDENAC for document review;
the OCHA Regional Ofce.
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Julio C. Morales, Diseños e Impresiones JEICOS, S.A.