We provide emergency aid and support rebuilding efforts after natural and man-made disasters in our partner countries. Helvetas combines these activities with long-term development prospects from the outset.
Roughly 95 percent of victims of natural disasters live in developing countries and well over half of them are women. Multiple and recurrent disasters tend to affect particularly vulnerable and disadvantaged groups of society. In recent years, there has been a rise in the number and scale of disasters worldwide. These trends underline the tremendous impact of disasters which threaten to reverse decades of development efforts and are expected to increase in frequency and intensity with the effects of climate change.
Helvetas is committed to providing disaster relief, support rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in the event of an emergency. We respond to emergencies in places where we can add value, e.g. by building on long-term development programs, our thematic expertise and existing local partnerships, and in collaboration with specialized humanitarian partner organizations. As a development organization, Helvetas creates an added value for the provision of humanitarian aid with its good understanding of local social, institutional and environmental contexts and its networks.
Helvetas adheres to the commonly agreed conceptual thinking that development efforts should prepare people and countries to better withstand disasters and emergencies. This concept, known as “linking relief, rehabilitation and development”, links short-term relief measures with longer-term development programmes in order to create synergies and provide a more sustainable response to crisis situations. This leads to a reduction of the need for humanitarian aid and promotes developmental objectives before, during and after emergencies.
Our multilingual advisory team offers wide-ranging thematic expertise and process competences. Helvetas advisors have long-standing working experience in the humanitarian sector and at the interface between humanitarian aid and development cooperation.
Helvetas develops and guides projects. To be sustainable, they must be locally embedded. We support our partners in effectively organizing projects and processes and assist local authorities to better assume their responsibilities.