By Rositta Liosi – EMTV Online
In a joint media release, Australian Ministers for Foreign Affairs and International Development and the Pacific, launched the Pacific Humanitarian Challenge on November 30th.
The aim of the Challenge is to look for ground breaking ways to prepare and respond to natural disasters in the Pacific.
Entrepreneurs, businesses, technologists, NGOs and scientists are invited to help the Australian Government rethink its approach to humanitarian response in the region.
The Australian Government and their Pacific partners will identify ways to respond to crises more effectively by gathering information on urgent needs, responding to those needs quicker and building financial resilience to help countries recover from whatever disasters they may experience.
It is encouraged that academics, entrepreneurs, scientists, communities and individuals from the Pacific join the challenge and work together to develop ideas.
The winning submissions will be announced at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May 2016.
The winners will be awarded funding of up to AU$2 million to pilot their ideas in the Pacific. The Challenge will close February 7 2016.