Emergency Response

Emergency Response

How We Do This:

Before disasters:

JAM focuses on disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness in our country offices, to help communities strengthen their resilience, and prepare for, and respond to disasters.

During emergency response:

Our dedicated Emergency Response Team (ERT) enables the provision of fast and effective relief. JAM has deployable emergency response experts in our country offices across Africa, with specialization in emergency food assistance, cash & food vouchers, emergency nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and humanitarian logistics.

JAM was founded during a devastating famine in Mozambique in the early 1980’s and has since responded to humanitarian emergencies in Angola (1989), Rwanda (1994) and South Sudan (2002). JAM’s most recent responses during cyclone Idai and subsequent Cyclone Kenneth in Mozambique, the ongoing political conflict in South Sudan, the growing refugee crisis in Uganda and the current COVID-19 pandemic have all provided challenges and learning opportunities necessary for strengthening our response capabilities.

After the emergency:

JAM works with communities to enable early recovery. Our goal is to transition as quickly as possible from an emergency response to rehabilitation, allowing communities to begin rebuilding sustainable livelihoods. One way in which Help Africa Help Itself is through agricultural rehabilitation, complete value chains and support to small-holder agricultural market systems, thereby reducing their vulnerability to future emergencies.


JAM’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) is a team of trained technical specialists, ready to be deployed at short notice. They provide specific support or direct services when the host country office capacities are overwhelmed by the need or do not yet exist. JAM coordinates with the local government and participates in the United Nations cluster system. This coordinated approach aims to ensure that humanitarian actors work together, reducing duplication of efforts and ensuring all people in need receive aid. At the global level, JAM is active in UN clusters for Food Security & Livelihoods, Nutrition and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).