Disaster risk reduction, emergency relief, reconstruction and protection

 People being provided with water from a tank in South Sudan
In South Sudan, Swiss Humanitarian Aid has built several water supply points to provide local communities with drinking water. © SDC

Disaster risk reduction, emergency relief, reconstruction are three fields of activity of the Humanitarian Aid of SDC. This corresponds to the work that needs to be done before, during and after a crisis, armed conflict or disaster.

Prevention refers to all of the measures taken to protect vulnerable people in the event of a disaster. The main goal of emergency relief is to save lives and alleviate the worst suffering caused by a crisis. Two-thirds of the Humanitarian Aid’s funds are earmarked for emergency relief measures. Reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts can begin after an emergency when the situation has stabilised. In situations of protracted conflict, activities in all three fields may be carried out at the same time.

On the other hand, protection of civilians is one of the four thematic priorities of the Humanitarian Aid of SDC beside disaster risk reduction, water/sanitation/hygiene, and gender-based sexual violence.

Disaster risk reduction

While natural disasters strike both rich and poor countries, the consequences differ greatly depending on the level of a country’s development.

Rapid Response and Emergency Relief

Swiss emergency relief operates through its experts from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) in crises, conflicts and disasters worldwide.

Reconstruction and rehabilitation

Generally speaking, reconstruction and rehabilitation is chiefly concerned with restoring the living conditions of the stricken community.

Protection

Survivors of armed conflict and natural disasters are exposed to the risk of physical and mental violence.

Current projects

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Farmers displaced by the conflict acquire a business perspective

Market scene in Darfur in Sudan.

01.04.2016 - 31.12.2017

For over 13 years, devastating conflict has dominated Sudan, forcing the population to flee the fighting and destroying their livelihoods in the process. The SDC supports a UN reconstruction programme in Sudan, which among other things aims to improve the economic situation of smallholder farmers.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Sudan
Humanitarian Assistance
Agriculture and Food Security
Reconstruction and Rehabilitation
Agriculture value-chain development
HUMANITARIAN AID
MULTISECTOR or CROSS-CUTTING
Reconstruction relief and rehabilitation
Rural development

01.04.2016 - 31.12.2017


CHF 1'000'000



Rehabilitation of schools in northern Lebanon

The rehabilitated schools are providing a better learning environment for Lebanese as well as Syrian pupils. © SDC

16.11.2015 - 31.07.2018

Following the rehabilitation of 28 schools in northern Lebanon in the first phases of the project, the SDC is expanding its engagement to 24 other schools in the same region. The rehabilitation works are being carried out in cooperation with the Lebanese authorities to help them cope with the large influx of refugee children from Syria.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Lebanon
Humanitarian Assistance
Education
Formal basic education (primary and lower secondary)
Reconstruction and Rehabilitation
EDUCATION
HUMANITARIAN AID
MULTISECTOR or CROSS-CUTTING
Primary education
Reconstruction relief and rehabilitation
Multisector aid

16.11.2015 - 31.07.2018


CHF 3'690'000



Better quality of life for Roma communities in Bulgaria

Two girls dancing.

01.01.2013 - 30.04.2019

The Roma are the largest ethnic minority in Bulgaria. Many Roma suffer from social exclusion, discrimination, poverty and unemployment. Social, cultural and economic barriers hinder access to education and healthcare for members of the Roma community. With its contribution to the enlarged EU, Switzerland is supporting projects to improve the living conditions of the Roma in Bulgaria.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Bulgaria
Improving social security
Prevention
Various social services

01.01.2013 - 30.04.2019


CHF 6'766'200



Improve access to good quality education through building safe, permanent and comfortable school infrastructure

Façade of a school

01.10.2012 - 31.12.2017

The earthquake on 12 January 2010 caused unprecedented damage in Haiti. In the southwest of the country, one of the worst affected regions, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is providing support to the Ministry of Education in rebuilding schools in accordance with the appropriate architectural and anti-earthquake norms. The programme is designed to provide the education community with model school buildings that are compliant with norms and can be used anywhere in Haiti.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Haiti
Education
Humanitarian Assistance
Formal basic education (primary and lower secondary)
Reconstruction and Rehabilitation
Reconstruction and Rehabilitation
EDUCATION
HUMANITARIAN AID
HUMANITARIAN AID
Primary education
Reconstruction relief and rehabilitation
Reconstruction relief and rehabilitation

01.10.2012 - 31.12.2017


CHF 8'677'000



African Risk Capacity (ARC)

01.12.2016 - 31.08.2019

The African Risk Capacity is a specialised agency of the African Union to help African countries improve their capacities to better respond to extreme weather events such as droughts and floods, therefore protecting the food security of their populations. It uses modern finance mechanisms such as risk pooling to create pan-African climate response systems. SDC co-finances the expansion of this insurance scheme to new countries, including the development of contingency plans that will allow insurance pay-outs to countries in case of drought or floods related catastrophes.


Social lnclusion and lmprovement of Living Conditions for Roma and other Vulnerable Groups in Serbia

01.12.2016 - 31.12.2018

This project, being a part of the broad HEKS-EHO program, defines an innovative approach to tackle access to quality education and improving of housing conditions of Roma. Through the dweller driven housing model, the project is upgrading the substandard Roma settlements, providing better living conditions for Roma. By institutionalisation of Roma teacher‘s assistants in education, it assists in enrollment and higher attainment of Roma pupils and skills increase of Roma adults, contributing to a more sustainable integration of Roma.


South Sudan, DCA: Educational Support in Area 1

01.09.2016 - 31.08.2018

The two civil wars fought in Area 1 as well as prolonged marginalization in the education system have deprived local communities from access to education for decades. In response, Local Partner 1 (LP1) has worked with Area 1 communities since 1995 and supported the introduction of a new Kenyan curriculum. Improved access and quality of education for all in Area 1 is both a basic human right and a powerful tool to address the cycles of poverty and conflict affecting the communities.


Réseau des Entrepreneurs Solidaires - Food Aid Swiss Dairy Products (Madagascar)

01.08.2016 - 31.07.2018

Through the usage of food aid in the form of Swiss dairy products, Swiss Humanitarian Aid contributes to the prevention and treatment of malnutrition, undernourishment, and disease. The SDC’s Humanitarian Aid administers the credit granted by parliament for a yearly amount of some CHF 20 million destined for the purchase of Swiss dairy products and their use for the benefit of the needy. Its task is to ensure a sustainable, targeted, and closely monitored food aid.


Strengthening and sustaining results for children and women in fragile, conflict-affected as well as climate and disaster-prone contexts

01.07.2016 - 30.06.2018

UNICEF through its 138 Country offices (CO) supports governments (especially at local level) and partners to reduce risk and strengthen resilience. To achieve this, UNICEF is currently increasing its focus on fragility and supports disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change adaptation (CCA) and peacebuilding (PB) while also promoting a multi-hazard approach to Risk Informed Programming (RIP).


Consortium Sécurité alimentaire NO

01.07.2016 - 30.11.2017

Par son appui financier au projet du Consortium formé par Solidarités International, Action Contre la Faim et le Danish Refugee Council, la DDC contribue à l’amélioration de la sécurité alimentaire et des conditions de vie de populations les plus vulnérables du nord-ouest de la RCA et avant tous des femmes, et au renforcement de leurs stratégies de résilience.


Ecuador Earthquake: Contribution to IFRC Emergency Appeal

11.05.2016 - 31.12.2017

On 16 April, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck coastal areas in north-west Ecuador. The most affected areas are the provinces of Manabi,Esmeraldas, Santa Elena, Guayas, Santo Domingo and Los Ríos, for which the Government has declared a “state of emergency”. Through its Emergency Appeal, the IFRC aims at supporting the Ecuadorian Red Cross (ERC) to assist 100’000 people affected by the earthquake over a period of 12 months and will focus on health, WASH, shelter, and livelihoods.


Grands Lacs: Fonds régional Actions urgentes

05.05.2016 - 31.03.2018

A small action is a one-off contribution to a humanitarian endeavour with no following phase that has to be operationally completed within a maximum period of 12 months. It is a flexible, efficient and transparent tool for SDC HA to support small humanitarian activities, including emergency response.

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