Why is integrating resilience into humanitarian action important?
The frequency and intensity of disasters and numbers of people worldwide affected by them continue to grow. CARE’s humanitarian mandate requires us to respond quickly to save lives in such disaster events. But many disasters and crises are also becoming chronic and multidimensional, forming ‘a new normal’ within these settings. This ‘new normal’ requires new ways of working to reduce risks, mitigate the impacts of disasters to save lives and protect livelihoods, and to harness development gains from recurring disasters. While saving lives remains CARE’s immediate priority in humanitarian action, increasing the resilience of those affected by disasters to better deal with future shocks and stresses as they arise is critical to achieving CARE’s vision of a just world, without poverty.
12 key principles for integrating resilience into humanitarian action