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Commissioner Georgieva calls for a change to the aid paradigm through building resilience

Commissioner Georgieva shows how humanitarian aid can make the difference between a baby's life and death with the Measurement of Upper Arm Circumvection - a simple tool to measure malnutrition, sponsored by the European Commission (c) EU
26/09/2012  - 

Resilience is crucial for building up the capacity of individuals and communities to develop, particularly at this time of frequent and large-scale disasters, said Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva in New York, where she attended the conference "Ensuring Resilient Livelihoods: A Global Effort". The event, organised by USAID, the Rockefeller Foundation and the United Nations Foundation, gathered leaders from the humanitarian community, representatives of the most vulnerable nations, the private sector and civil society.

Commissioner Georgieva outlined the European Commission's emphasis on building up the resilience of the most vulnerable populations through its policies and operations and through both its humanitarian and development assistance. She pointed to SHARE (Supporting Horn of Africa Resilience) and AGIR-Sahel (Alliance globale pour l'Initiative Résilience) as examples of promoting resilience in extremely vulnerable regions, and of channelling both humanitarian and development aid resources towards breaking the vicious cycle of drought and hunger.

These examples show the genuine potential of resilience - they must be the basis for more work in the same area, Commissioner Georgieva said.

The Commissioner will continue the discussion with her counterparts tomorrow, 26 September, at the Resilience Champions Meeting.