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Integral Responding to Flooding in South Asia

As Integral, we want to say a big thank you to our Members for so generously contributing to the response in South Asia …

Torrential rains devastated parts of Bangladesh, India and Nepal in August 2017 leaving millions of people displaced. In total more than 100,000 people severely affected by the flooding were helped as a result of Integral’s response. This infographic shows what the 16 Integral Members who responded were able to achieve collectively.

Photo: Tearfund (UK) 2017

Ina Hogendoorn, from ZOA in the Netherlands reports: “We were able to provide relatively quick support to flood victims in Nepal. Since we do not have our own operation in Nepal it would have taken time and money to allocate funds if we did not have trusted Integral partners”.

Laura Mouanoutoua, from World Relief in the USA, similarly found Integral coordination helped them make key decisions: “As a result of this response, we were able to direct our resources to support a trusted Integral partner and coordinate with other Members, therefore working together more effectively.”

As well gathering data on beneficiaries served and funding raised and shared, Integral also gathers feedback about each joint response. Here our Members reported that even though the Integral coordination was relatively short-lived in the South Asia Flooding response, it was extremely valuable. Highlighted as particularly helpful were:

  • Being able to identify new partners through Integral
  • Having access to proposals and good quality, timely communications materials
  • Receiving new funding through other Integral Members
  • Sharing and receiving of information about the needs and response itself on the Integral teleconferences  

Jan Eyre, Integral’s Head of Disaster Management and Programmes, says, “It is so good to hear from our Members that an Integral response enabled a much greater reach into this disaster than would otherwise be possible. We also heard back that information shared on Integral calls significantly helped organisations prioritise their own response, and that the communications materials shared in the early days of this response were greatly appreciated.”