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Collaboration and building support for relief and development projects is of paramount importance for Dorcas. For this reason, we collaborate in various partnerships, some of which are listed below.

Aflatoun International
In order to teach children life skills (social and financial), we often use programmes from Aflatoun International. In 2016 we did so in Albania, Egypt, Ethiopia, Moldova, Mozambique, Ukraine and Romania. We hope to expand our collaboration with Aflatoun in 2017 to eleven project countries.

Christian Emergency Aid Cluster
Dorcas is part of the Dutch Christian Emergency Aid Cluster with Red een Kind [Help a Child], Tear, Woord en Daad [Word and Deed] and ZOA [Relief and Recovery]. We work together on campaigns to raise funds for disaster response and cooperate in publicising these needs. In 2016 we organised campaigns for victims of El Niño in the Horn of Africa and for refugees from Mosul in Iraq.

Dorcas is one of the co-founders of the CPOE (Christelijk Platform Oost-Europa, [Christian Platform for Eastern Europe]). The purpose of this platform, which is currently part of Prisma (see below), is to encourage co-operation across aid organisations working among the less privileged in Eastern Europe, and to address relevant issues. A primary focus area is the provision of support to Roma communities. Dorcas is an active participant in the platform and has a representative on the steering committee.

Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA)
The Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) is a partnership between fourteen relief organisations, all of which receive funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Together they offer disaster response to victims of violence and natural disasters. When a crisis occurs, the organisations and the Ministry assess the needs and which organisations are best able to offer aid in the situation.

The members share information about the refugees and agree amongst themselves on the aid to be offered. For example, one organisation may have greater experience with food aid, while another may be experienced in setting up sanitation or in offering a safe place for children. DRA is able to respond quickly and effectively to crises anywhere in the world. In the event of an acute crisis (e.g. an earthquake or hurricane), DRA can respond within 72 hours. The Joint Responses of the DRA are highlighted on the map above.

EU-CORD is a European network of 22 Christian aid and development organisations. The network offers training in institutional fundraising and provides a voice for Christian organisations within the development sector. EU-CORD seeks to influence policy in matters such as the rights of the child and humanitarian aid. In addition, EU-CORD coordinates various relationships between EU bodies and other networks in Brussels.

Through EU-CORD, over the past year Dorcas has been able to work closely with ERIKS in Romania. Together with Light for the World we have also developed a number of joint proposals that will be expanded in 2017.

Food Resource Bank
At the end of 2016 we became ‘Implementing Partner’ for the Food Resource Bank. This is a network of seventeen, mainly American, Christian organisations that target food security. We will be giving greater scope to this partnership in 2017.

Partos, a sector association, is the largest collaboration of development organisations in the Netherlands. Partos seeks to develop partnerships to work towards a fair and a sustainable a world for everyone. Partos provides updates on developments in the sector. In addition, Partos forms an important link between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and individual organisations.

Twenty Christian development organisations are affiliated with Prisma. Prisma is a platform for research, policy influence and awareness. Prisma also connects us with EO-Metterdaad, a Dutch organisation that promotes public awareness of injustice and inequality and raises for these causes.

Start Network
Start is an international network of 42 organisations that offer emergency aid quickly and effectively to people who have been affected by a crisis. This network is important to Dorcas for gaining access to funds for emergency aid from the European Union, as well as from the British and Irish governments. We joined this network in 2016. Dorcas implemented emergency responses with funding through the START network in amongst others Albania, Ethiopia and Kenya.

PerspActive is a Dutch cooperative of ten organisations working in development cooperation. Empowering people in developing countries is the main goal. The shared Christian values of its members, extensive experience, knowledge, network and enthusiasm will significantly contribute to addressing challenges such as rapid population growth, urbanization, climate change and food security. PerspActive members will work on solutions that will focus on sustainability, employability and working skills.


For international transactions please use Dorcas' International Bank Account Number: NL04 RABO 0106 2500 00

How we work

Dorcas operates building the capacities of local partner organisations and funding their relief and development projects.

Our Programmes

Dorcas supports Relief, Early Recovery and Resilient Livelihoods, Enterprising people and Community Based Care and Protection.