What is 'resilience' in today’s volatile world? How can communities be helped to not just survive but thrive in times of crisis? What lessons were learned from the response to the 2012 food crisis in the Sahel? What comes next for the EU’s resilience building agenda?
The answers to these questions will be discussed at a high-level event, organised in Brussels today by Oxfam. The meeting brings together key policy-makers who work on putting resilience at the heart of European external assistance. Andris Piebalgs, the EU Commissioner for Development Cooperation, will open the discussions, while Kristalina Georgieva, the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, will deliver the closing address. Sri Mulyani Indrawati, the Managing Director of the World Bank, representatives from the Irish Presidency of the EU and Oxfam will also attend.
The European Union has made a substantial commitment to resilience in policy, funding and programming terms. One of the greatest challenges ahead is to go beyond resilience policies and address the underlying problems that make some people so much more vulnerable to disasters than others. Commissioner Georgieva will discuss the solutions to this, particularly emphasising how the EU is implementing them in the Sahel.