Islamic Relief has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) following several meetings between the two organisations.
Islamic Relief has been working with the IOM in delivering essential relief items to earthquake-affected communities in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
The new agreement formally allows each organisation to request the co-operation of the other during relief operations in order not to duplicate efforts and to maximise effectiveness in helping vulnerable populations.
The agreement also allows the IOM and Islamic Relief to undertake joint programmes promoting economic and community development, especially in areas where there is a great deal of pressure for communities to migrate.
Other areas of joint work will include providing humanitarian assistance to people affected by natural disasters or conflicts, and research and study into areas of mutual interest.
Shaking hands on the new relationship, Brunson McKinley said, "I have seen and been impressed by the effectiveness of Islamic Relief on the ground in Pakistan. Our collaboration there has been critical in reaching those who urgently needed help, particularly in remote areas.
"This agreement strengthens our work together both now and in the future and will benefit many people who need help."