Swiss Solidarity is part of a global collection of humanitarian coalitions which is currently called the Emergency Appeals Alliance (EAA). The EAA was founded 2008 and is comprised of organisations similar to Swiss Solidarity in various countries; a collection of national aid agencies that come together to respond to emergencies overseas. The EAA is the first global humanitarian aid initiative of its kind.
While models vary in different countries, certain characteristics remain central to the success of joint humanitarian appeals. These are:
- Participation of experienced global humanitarian agencies
- Media Partnerships which support the appeals by informing the public and decreasing fundraising costs by providing free ad space
- Private sector partnerships – these may take many forms but generally allow the private sector to pre-establish their engagement in disaster relief in line with their resources for rapid deployment and support of relief efforts
The purpose of the EAA will be to share learning and experience from running national appeals, and to build membership of each EAA members organisation within the overall aim of increasing the impact of humanitarian aid globally and gaining better leverage in negotiations with global media supporting humanitarian appeals.
A memorandum of understanding, which describes the aims of the EAA and the commitment of the members, was signed in November 2013.
Current members of the Emergency Appeals Alliance: