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

The SDC's three spheres of humanitarian activity are disaster risk reduction, emergency relief and reconstruction. They correspond to the SDC's work 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 SDC's funds for humanitarian aid are allocated to emergency relief measures. Reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts can begin after an emergency when the situation has stabilised. 

If a conflict is protracted, the SDC may carry out activities in all three of these spheres at the same time. 

 

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

01.04.2016 - 31.12.2017


CHF 1'000'000



Switzerland donates ambulances to Syria's suffering population

Switzerland is financing twelve new ambulances to improve the situation of people suffering from the consequences of the war in Syria. © FDFA

20.02.2016 - 31.10.2017

The SDC has delivered twelve new ambulances to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC). A Swiss delegation accompanied the delivery in the Syrian capital Damascus. The ambulances are urgently needed in Syria because the country's health system has too few ambulances to cope with the enormous number of victims caused by the war, including attacks against hospitals.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Syria
Humanitarian Assistance
Health
Health system strengthening
Primary health care
Emergency and relief

20.02.2016 - 31.10.2017


CHF 900'000



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 - 15.04.2018

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

16.11.2015 - 15.04.2018


CHF 3'000'000



Water supply in Southern Sudan: (Re-)construction during the transition period

01.10.2014 - 31.03.2017

The project is intended to sustainably improve water supplies for the 720,000 inhabitants and their livestock in the Southern Sudanese state of Northern Bahr el Ghazal. Located near the border with Northern Sudan, this state is one of the poorest places on the planet. Since the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between Northern and Southern Sudan was signed in 2005, it has become one of the main points of return for displaced persons from Southern Sudan.  

Country/region Topic Period Budget
South Sudan
Humanitarian Assistance
Water
Reconstruction and Rehabilitation
Drinking water and basic sanitation (WASH - Water for people)
Water resources policy and advocacy

01.10.2014 - 31.03.2017


CHF 5'400'000



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

Façade of a school

01.10.2012 - 31.03.2017

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

01.10.2012 - 31.03.2017


CHF 8'677'000



Accès aux populations vulnérables grâce au soutien au Service Aérien Humanitaire des Nations Unies (UNHAS)

01.01.2019 - 30.11.2024

L’UNHAS est le service aérien des Nations Unies qui appuie la mise en œuvre d’interventions humanitaires ainsi que du développement économique et social en faveur des populations les plus vulnérables et marginalisées du Niger. L'UNHAS facilite et sécurise au Niger l'essentiel des déplacements des agents des programmes respectifs, leur permettant de rejoindre les régions reculées du pays et leurs populations rapidement et en toute sécurité.


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.


Nigeria, OCHA, Secondment HA Protection Officer

01.09.2016 - 28.02.2017

High insecurity in the region has made access to these areas extremely difficult for humanitarian actors. While Boko Haram lost territory to security forces easing access to some areas in 2015, the attacks and counter offensives overall have hampered humanitarian access due to escalation in violence. Increased coordination is highly needed to ensure coherent implementation of humanitarian response activities, with a prominent interest on Protection matters.


RCA: DRC Protection Ouham 2016-2017

15.08.2016 - 30.04.2017

Par son appui financier au projet de DRC dans la préfecture de l’Ouham, la DDC participe à l’amélioration des conditions de protection des populations civiles dans les zones affectées par les conflits en RCA, avec une attention particulière sur les enfants et les femmes. Elle permet également d’étendre et renforcer les réponses holistiques aux problématiques de protection générées par les conflits, grâce à une offre de soutien psychosocial et d’assistances spécialisées au sein des communautés identifiés par le monitoring de protection.


IRC, Enhancing multi-sectoral reponse to support conflict-affected populations in northeast Nigeria

01.08.2016 - 31.07.2017

As of June 2016, the violence of the extremist group Boko-Haram displaced 2.7 million people, 6% of them having taken refuge in neighbouring countries. The highly unstable State of Borno hosts 68% of the total displaced population, 86% of them are residing in host communities in dire overcrowded conditions. IRC proposes to improve access on protection, WASH and nutrition services for IDPs, returnees and host communities in Borno State.


Strengthening the Colombian Mine Action Authority

01.07.2016 - 30.06.2017

According to DAICMA, Colombia registered 11,390 landmine victims from 1990 to December 2015 - of which approximately 61 percent are members of the Colombian Public Forces and 39 percent are civilians. Moreover and the country is the 2nd country with greatest production of new victims. There is an urgent need to organize and increase capacity for demining, improve national coordination and deployment of expert civilian organizations capable of designing responses for populations at risk while supporting key government objectives. Colombia acceded to the Ottawa Treaty in 2000, committing to the clearance of all mines by 2021 - after an extension was granted in 2010.


Integrated response to health, nutrition and protection needs in Kibua, Walikale (North Kivu)

01.07.2016 - 30.06.2017

The population in targeted areas of North Kivu has been hugely affected by conflict and a large proportion of the population is unable to access basic health, nutrition and protection services when needed. Providing integrated primary health care, nutrition, and protection services to targeted sites in Kibua Health Zone will enable Save the Children (SC) to respond effectively to beneficiary needs using a holistic approach.

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