In advance of and immediately following destabilizing events, such as natural disasters and armed conflict, we work with communities to recover and rebuild infrastructure, increase resiliency, and reduce future vulnerability. Working in fragile and conflict-affected environments requires a multifaceted approach and improved government capacity to provide essential services. Our disaster assistance programs provide services like psychosocial support and trauma healing for vulnerable populations, including internally displaced persons, facilitating reconciliation processes and community dialogue, and reintegrating former combatants into communities through livelihood and life-skills activities. As part of our response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, we supported economic growth by investing in public institutions and facilitated neighborhood revitalization projects to improve governance.
Increasing Resiliency in the Face of Disaster: Four Best Practices
As Category 4 Hurricane Florence barreled toward the Southeast of the United States last week, preliminary damage estimates indicated 758,000 homes across three states could be impacted. Reconstruction costs were estimated at $170.2 billion. Despite the dire forecast and its associated challenges, however, the United States is one of the countries most prepared to respond…