Canada launches P825-M ‘Yolanda’ relief program

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The Canadian government has launched the P825-million Typhoon Haiyan Reconstruction Assistance Call for Proposals to restore livelihoods of people in areas affected by the typhoon (local name: Yolanda).

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The program was launched during the commemoration of the first anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda last November 8.

Valued at CAD$20.6 million (P825 million) over a period of four years, the call for proposals forms part of the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund through which the Canadian government matched the $85 million in eligible donations made by Canadians.

“On this one-year anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda, we pay tribute to the resilience of the people in the Philippines affected by the storm, the work of our partners and the generosity of Canadians,” Canadian Ambassador to Manila Neil Reeder said in a statement.

“Our relationship with the Philippines and the Filipino-Canadian community is long-standing and strong, and we will continue our support to help build a better future for the people of this country,” he added.

According to the statement, Canada has played a leading role in the global response to the impact of the typhoon in the country “by providing significant humanitarian assistance to meet the immediate and early recovery needs of affected people and by deploying a number of experts from various government of Canada departments to support a broad range of critical needs faced by the Filipino authorities.”

The call for proposals is open to Canadian organizations that are legally incorporated in Canada.

The organizations must have at least five years of experience managing and delivering post-disaster livelihood programming.

Those that do not meet the minimum eligibility criteria but are interested in this call for proposals may consider the option of forming a consortium with a Canadian organization that meets all eligibility criteria.

Canadian organizations may submit only one application for this call for proposals, either on their own or as the lead organization of a consortium.

Projects funded under this call for proposals must align with the ultimate outcome of improving the economic well-being of women, men, girls and boys affected by Yolanda.

The projects must strive to achieve at least one of the following immediate outcomes: increase participation of women and men in the Philippines affected by the typhoon in sustainable and resilient economic activities; and improvement of access to financial and business development services for microbusiness, and small and medium-sized enterprises in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan, particularly those owned and operated by women.

The Canadian government may fund any number, or none, of the submitted proposals.

Projects selected would receive about CAD$3 million to CAD$7 million.

Aside from achieving the goals of Yolanda rehabilitation, the proposals must also be in tune to Canada’s three “cross-cutting themes”—increasing environmental sustainability, advancing equality between women and men and helping to strengthen governance.

The proposals should also demonstrate how disaster risk reduction considerations, in particular increasing people’s resiliency to future natural hazards, will be integrated.

Deadline for submission of proposals will be on January 30, 2015.

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