Emergencies & Conflict

When disaster strikes, we can respond within hours, providing vital things like food and shelter. We link our response to our ongoing projects, and we stick around as long as we’re needed, providing practical support, and making sure local people have a say in rebuilding their communities and livelihoods.

Disasters can hit anyone at any time. But people living in poverty are particularly at risk. They are likely to live on the most vulnerable land and in the most precarious housing.

Missing out on vital information – lacking a radio or phone to get warnings, or literacy skills to read safety advice – few resources and poor government protection, people living in poverty often suffer the most in a crisis.

In turn, disasters increase poverty, wiping out homes and livelihoods and causing a vicious circle of poverty, vulnerability and crisis. That's why our work with people affected by emergencies and conflict plays a key part in our fight against poverty.

Every year over 300 million people are affected by disasters. The poorest and most excluded are often hardest hit.

How we work on emergencies
  • Experience shows that disasters have a different impact on different groups.  The most vulnerable - the poorest and most excluded - tend to be hardest hit.

    Children attend psychosocial activities at Ecole Communautaire De Philippeau in
  • Human rights are particularly vulnerable to abuse during conflicts – and women and girls tend to suffer the most.

  • Disasters are not 'natural'. They can often be prevented and their impact mitigated.

  • In the chaos and confusion of a disaster, the voices of those affected can get lost.  And even before disasters strike, as well as in their aftermath, people living in poverty are often excluded from the important decisions which could reduce their vulnerability and help them to recover from crises.

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