Here is a copy of a presentation by the Government of Canada entitled “Response to Natural Disasters Abroad”.  It was delivered May 5 to Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC) by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.  This presentation will give one an idea of the process and thinking of the Canadian government in dealing with disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti.

Government of Canada Response to Natural Disasters Abroad – presentation from Foreign Affairs

There were a number of other interesting presentations including one by The Humanitarian Coalition.

Here is information on the Humanitarian Coalition:

“The HUMANITARIAN COALITION is a network of Canadian NGOs dedicated to a united response in cases of humanitarian crises. The members of the Coalition unite because they recognise the need for strong, decisive action. At present, the Coalition has FOUR members: CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec and Save the Children Canada. These members share the same goal to help the most vulnerable and together they are even better equipped to do so. The Humanitarian Coalition is a fundraising and coordination body that directly supports the humanitarian activities of its members.  It does not operate humanitarian programs of its own.

By joining their efforts, the members of the HUMANITARIAN COALITION strive to increase transparency and accountability to both the Canadian public and to those they assist around the world. Together, they will reduce administrative costs and ensure help gets to where it is needed faster than it was possible before.”