Post disaster relief: What happens after the TV cameras have left?
Emergency relief means saving lives, alleviating suffering, and ensuring survival. What happens after that immediate support? Donors are more and more interested to know whether disaster and post-disaster relief are sustainable. At the forefront of disaster and post-disaster relief, Switzerland, along with 14 other countries, leads the way in research, dialogue, and hard currency.
Donating money and sending rescue teams without caring about what happens after the disaster is no longer state of the art for countries and organizations engaged in humanitarian aid disaster relief. Reestablishing the provision of basic supplies and services and support to the afflicted population after an immediate disaster is becoming an integral part of international aid. In May, Switzerland hosted an international conference on “Sustainable Post-Disaster Reconstruction: From Recovery to Risk Reduction” in Ascona. At the biannual conference, more than 200 academics and practitioners involved in post-disaster efforts discussed the sustainability of post-disaster reconstruction in urban areas, sustainable housing designs and building technologies and the long- term impacts of reconstruction programs.
Switzerland is among the top 15 contributors of
international humanitarian aid.
The sustainability of all aid is a priority as defined in the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Strategy. The projects funded by the Swiss government aim to set in motion a positive cause-and-effect chain: all aid should make it possible for the authorities and the population to resume “normal” life and lay the foundations for a more hopeful future.
HOW MUCH IS SPENT ON HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE?
WHERE DOES IT GO? WHAT IS IT SPENT ON? WHO SPENDS IT?
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