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TCP “Emergency assistance” (E) project:TCP Emergency projects should provide an immediate reaction to a disaster situation. When an emergency occurs and help is requested, TCP emergency assistance may be provided to support an on-the-spot assessment, and to assist the government in drawing up a plan of action for immediate assistance, if required. Should a specific impact and needs assessment report with enough information be available, this should be submitted immediately to FAO to enable a rapid analysis which will determine, based on TCP Criteria for emergency assistance, if the request is eligible for TCP emergency assistance. All TCP projects must meet the TCP approval criteria to be eligible for TCP funding.

The assistance can be in the form of expert advice together with limited amounts of the most urgently needed equipment, supplies and supporting services, to help ensure that affected households can immediately resume their food production or other livelihood activities, pending the arrival of more substantive assistance from other sources. In such projects, the provision of material inputs should be kept to the lowest level possible and should be accompanied by specific technical assistance that would strengthen the capacity of households to reduce their vulnerability to future disasters and facilitate the transition to development. While TCP emergency assistance is transitional in nature, projects may include the services of FAO in mobilizing resources for rehabilitation programmes. A TCP project does not provide emergency food aid.

Disaster preparedness, prevention, mitigation, longer-term rehabilitation and the transition from relief to development can also be supported by TCP projects. However, such projects are since January 2010 considered part of the Development assistance (D)category.

A TCP emergency project has a budgetary ceiling of US$500 000 and a maximum duration of 24 months. However, the majority of the TCP emergency projects do not require more than 12 months. Standards and policies apply to the type and quantity of inputs that can be provided by a TCP project. For more information consult the TCP Manual and the FAQ section of this Website.

Many Tsunami recovery projects throughout South East Asia were implemented using TCP resources.


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