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Building Foundation for Development (BFD)

Building Foundation for Development (BFD) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization that was established by a group of experts and professionals in the humanitarian field who have already gained considerable experience in or with UN, INGOs, and NGOs with multi-sectorial programs; they have realized the crucial gaps between providing aids and the need for building the resilience of communities as well. In this light, BFD has been working in many wide domains in a parallel and innovative manner; the first one is carrying out multi-sectoral emergency response projects aimed to improve the humanitarian issues and needs in different sectors such as Nutrition, Health, WASH, Education, Shelter/Non-Food Items, Camp Coordination & Camp Management (CCCM), Protection, Food Security & Livelihoods, and EECR Sectors. The second one is providing developmental empowerment support to the affected communities by the crisis and developing the capacity of local actors.

BFD believes that the best solution to support people in crisis and conflicts should be a quick transformation from the rapid response to the resilience method as long as this approach within humanitarian operations is crucial to the first efforts of a community to recover, rise again, and start to use their capacity, starting from making peace in innovative measures at the first stages and ending with early recovery and rehabilitation at later stages.

Moreover, BFD believes in collective action and hence always seeks to establish partnerships based on mutual respect and shared vision with NGOs, the private sector, the government, and international institutions. Since its establishment, BFD has been keen to align its development response to the (SDGs) and its programmatic strategy to support and promote relevant National Development Strategies (NDS) and the UN-MDGs as they are parallel to the needs of society. Through the participation of local communities, BFD increases the effectiveness of its development efforts and helps communities achieve their highest potential -a goal that can only be achieved through partnerships, shared vision, and collective action of all stakeholders. BFD has a deep and broad knowledge of affected communities, especially within the humanitarian, social, and economic context, as well as first-hand experience of the needs of local communities in different areas of intervention.

Sexual and reproductive health services remain critical during COVID-19

IAWG members and partners are producing clinical and programmatic guidance, assessments, policy papers, and statements to ensure continued prioritization of sexual and reproductive health and rights throughout COVID-19 response in humanitarian settings.