RAPID: Responding to Pakistan’s Internally Displaced
RAPID is a funding mechanism that allows Concern to offer speedy help to people displaced by conflict or natural disaster.
Bheer Dad is a father of five whose home was destroyed in the devastating floods of 2013. Through RAPID (Responding to Pakistan’s Internally Displaced), he received training so he could help build his new shelter on raised planks, making it resistant to future flooding in the vulnerable area where he lives.
This improvement, he says, “developed a sense of safety in our minds.” The program also helped him buy poultry for a home business that he hopes will bring in the funds needed to provide for his children’s education.
RAPID is a funding mechanism that was established in September 2009 under a cooperative agreement between Concern and USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance.
Timely, needs-based response has become a hallmark of the RAPID program.
Initially it was used to help those displaced by conflict. But when flooding caused by heavy monsoon rains hit Pakistan during the summer of 2010 — causing the worst natural disaster in Pakistan in living memory and affecting some 20 million people — RAPID funds were extended to help those impacted, both as they were driven from their homes and needed emergency help, and as they returned to pick up the pieces and rebuild.
Then the acronym really proved itself true. Though screening was intense and thorough, it was also rapid.
Concern disbursed funds to nonprofit organizations who could handle emergency response in a variety of ways on a local level. Each award took an average of two weeks. Timely, needs-based response has become a hallmark of the RAPID program.
RAPID program implementers have conducted training sessions on needs assessment and proposal development around the country to help local nonprofits build their own capacity, as communities take over management of their own needs.
Phase II of the program started in September 2013. Since then, Concern has received and processed more than 200 sub-granting applications that led to the construction of emergency shelters, provision of non-food emergency items and improved access to water and sanitation. They grants have also assisted in providing health care to displaced populations and veterinary assistance to small farmers.
View a short video about the program: