Policy and research: Disaster Risk Reduction

The number of disasters, and those affected by them in the developing world, is steadily rising. Three times more people were affected by disasters in the 1990s than in the 1970s, and economic losses were five times higher. The situation is expected to worsen, as the IPCC predicts that the incidence and severity of floods and droughts worldwide are likely to increase with global warming during the 21st century. With each new disaster in developing countries, precious gains in poverty eradication are lost. Therefore, Disaster Risk Reduction with vulnerable communities is essential to protect life, infrastructure, health and livelihoods.

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  • Garder la foi: Le rôle des chefs religieux dans la réponse à l'Ebola (Résumé)

    Cette étude, axée sur les chefs religieux, utilise la flambée d'Ebola en Sierra Leone et au Libéria pour étudier le lien entre l'aide humanitaire et la religion et cherche à fournir des preuves, en temps réel, du rôle des chefs religieux dans la réponse à l'Ebola. Elle offre des recommandations sur la façon dont les chefs religieux peuvent soutenir les efforts de relèvement des pays affectés et contribue à une discussion sur le rôle plus large de la foi dans la réponse humanitaire.

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  • Keeping the Faith: the role of faith leaders in the Ebola response (executive summary)

    A four page summary of a study which, with its focus on faith leaders, uses the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and Liberia to explore the relationship between humanitarianism and religion and seeks to provide evidence, in real time, of the role of faith leaders in the Ebola response. It offers recommendations for how faith leaders can support the recovery efforts of the affected countries and it contributes to a discussion on the broader role of faith in humanitarian response. This is a joint report with Christian Aid, CAFOD and Islamic Relief Worldwide.

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  • Keeping the Faith: the role of faith leaders in the Ebola response (full report)

    With its focus on faith leaders, this study uses the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and Liberia to explore the relationship between humanitarianism and religion and seeks to provide evidence, in real time, of the role of faith leaders in the Ebola response. It offers recommendations for how faith leaders can support the recovery efforts of the affected countries and it contributes to a discussion on the broader role of faith in humanitarian response. This is a joint report with Christian Aid, CAFOD and Islamic Relief Worldwide.

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