Give2Asia and the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction Partner to Promote Disaster Preparedness in Vulnerable Asian Countries

San Francisco, CA - Today Give2Asia and the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) announce a new partnership to connect donors with the most effective local disaster preparedness programs in six of the most vulnerable South and Southeast Asian countries. The NGO Disaster Preparedness Program is supported by a three-year $1.5 million grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

The joint program will publish disaster preparedness research, perform online crowd funding for local projects, and make publicly available organizational information on 100 disaster preparedness programs. Local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) identified through the program will have the opportunity to apply for $300,000 in grants, promote their programs online, and receive Community-Managed Disaster Risk Reduction training from IIRR at its headquarters in the Philippines.

“Give2Asia’s network of international donors and local grantees is the perfect compliment to IIRR, which brings decades of experience in grassroots preparedness and resiliency programs in Asia and Africa,” said Matt Grager, Program Director at Give2Asia. Together, we are well- placed to find and fund the best local models for disaster preparedness, and present grantmaking opportunities to the international donor community. 

This spring, Give2Asia and IIRR will select six underserved countries for the NGO Disaster Preparedness Program based on disaster risk, international investment and organizational reach. After the six countries are selected, IIRR will facilitate in-country consultations that bring together IIRR alumni and Give2Asia’s grantees to share knowledge and best practices. An open, online Request for Proposal (RFP) process will be undertaken to determine grant recipients in two rounds of $150,000. Proposals will be evaluated on a rolling basis with grants awarded in Fall 2014, and Summer 2015.