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Defining disaster resilience: a DFID approach paper
In 2010 natural disasters affected more than 200 million, killed nearly 270,000 people and caused $110 billion in damages. In 2011, we faced the first famine of the 21st Century in parts of the Horn of Africa and multiple earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural disasters across the world. The World Bank predicts that the frequency and intensity of disasters will continue to increase over the coming decades. The June 2011 UK Government Response to the Humanitarian Emergency Response Review presented disaster resilience as ‘a new and vital component [of our] humanitarian and development work.’1 Building on this, the UK Government’s Humanitarian Policy, Saving lives, preventing suffering and building resilience, puts resilience at the centre of our approach to addressing disasters, both natural and man-made. This includes commitments to embed resilience-building in all DFID country programmes by 2015, integrate resilience into our work on climate change and conflict prevention and improve the coherence of our development and humanitarian work. The paper begins with an outline of what resilience is and sets out a framework to improve understanding of the different elements to be considered in building resilience through DFID’s country operations. It then looks at a range of existing DFID resilience interventions at country and regional levels. The paper concludes by providing suggestions for what DFID can do to strengthen its work in this area and how it can provide strategic leadership across the international system.
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