Building safer and resilient communities

In recent years, there has been a growing recognition that strengthening resilience to disasters is not only about disaster management but an essential component of all emergency and development programming. Communities/households with sustainable livelihoods, good levels of health care and access to a strong and accountable civil society are less susceptible to hazards and faster to recover. However, it is also important that these development gains are protected from disasters.

The International Federation has made it a priority to ensure that disaster risk reduction is an integral part of its development work and that all its programmes work towards disaster risk reduction in an integrated and mutually supportive way. The Safer Communities initiative is working at all levels – governance, policy, management and practice – to achieve this, while continuing to promote disaster preparedness and disaster mitigation.

Video: Brian Atwood, chair of the OECD Development Assistance committee is giving his perspective on the concept of resilience and the role played by the Red Cross Red Crescent movement.

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Related links:

The Road to Resilience - report