The Emergency Fund ensures that we have adequate financial resources ready so that we don’t lose precious time. We usually don’t know the scale or scope of our response until after an initial assessment (or ‘explo’) at the site of the crisis, and it’s only at this point we can estimate how much money we will need in order to make the most positive impact for those affected.
Responding to Need
While some catastrophic emergencies capture the world's attention, and are widely covered in the news, many are not. The level of reporting is not equal to the level of medical-humanitarian need, and due to the 24/7 news cycle, attention often moves on while vast needs remain.
We know our supporters don't always hear in the media about emergencies that need their support MSF Australia and MSF New Zealand’s joint Emergency Fund allows our donors to help in emergency situations based on where the needs are greatest – even when they don’t make a single headline.
How your money is used.
It’s very important to us that you know exactly how the money you donate to the Emergency Fund is put to use to help people in the most meaningful way.
We prioritise the emergencies where the need is greatest. This may be the emergency featured in the communications, it may be under reported emergencies that you may not have heard of, it may be toping up our reserves to allow us to respond quickly. Each year we will report on how the funds were used in our annual report.
We will maintain our social mission ratio. We will ensure that at least 80 per cent of the donations to the Emergency Fund go to our social mission. It is important for us to ensure strong governance and management of our operations in Australia and New Zealand. We will limit these costs as much as possible.