Resilience

USAID “Why Resilience?”
USAID “Why Resilience?”
USAID Resilience
USAID Resilience

USAID and Resilience

Building resilience to recurrent crisis emerged as a USAID priority. In the wake of large-scale humanitarian emergencies in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel in late 2011 and early 2012. Recurrent crises, such as widespread food insecurity in the Horn of Africa in 2017 or in the Sahel in 2012 - both prompted by drought - cause loss of life, livelihoods, dignity, and aspiration; negatively affect national and regional economies; and are extremely costly in terms of recurrent humanitarian spending. 

USAID is committed to helping build the resilience of vulnerable communities in areas subject to recurrent crisis, increasing their ability to manage through crises without compromising their future wellbeing.

USAID's investments in building resilience help share and shift the responsibility for managing risk, investing in resilience, and responding to shocks when they do occur from donors to governments, communities, and the private sector. The overriding aim is to reduce costs of recurrent crises, including the unsutainable costs of responding to large-scale humanitarian emergencies in the same places every few years. 

For more information about resilience, please visit our Resilience Resources page.

Last updated: November 17, 2017

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