International Aid : CIAD
CIAD (Commission for Intenational Aid and Development)
The CIAD is a commission of the Council General of the International Confederation (which headquarters are in Paris). Its main role is to provide international aid to countries where the SSVP is present. This help may be humanitarian in the case of natural or man-made disasters: emergency disaster funding and rehabilitation programme funding. The CIAD also supports projects of development and systemic change, micro-credit, self-help, charity, and participates in the expansion of the Society in new countries. The available funds mainly come from donations that member countries spontaneously send or following an appeal from the IGC, and the Society always strives to respect the will of the donors. The full amount of the funds is allocated to funded projects.
Held approximately every 6 weeks, the commission is in charge of examining the applications for funding of national aid projects. In between the meetings, the CIAD is authorised to respond to emergency situations such as the aid to the victims of natural disasters (tsunami, earthquakes) or man-made disasters (war).
Although the management of the aid requests represents the main aspect of the body’s work, the CIAD may take on an advisory of informative role such as reporting on conflicts. The CIAD contributes to the expansion of the Society throughout the world, proposing and supporting the actions of twinning partnerships between conferences and councils, specifically in the framework of self-help projects. The bodies work is carried out in strict collaboration with the International Structure (ITVP and Coordinators).
The CIAD team is made up of volunteers and paid staff. Several members of the International Board form a part of the team: Brian O’Reilly (General Vice-President and CIAD President), John H.Y Lee (International Structure Vice-president and CIAD Vice-President); Julien Spiewak (General Secretary), Liam Fitzpatrick (General Treasurer). The team is also made up of regional correspondents. The commission is managed on a day to day basis by Bruno Fabre (Coordinator).
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