What if international aid was used as prevention rather than as a cure? | Development and Peace

What if international aid was used as prevention rather than as a cure?

July 12, 2012
Josianne Gauthier, Deputy Executive Director

“Every dollar invested into disaster preparedness saves seven dollars in disaster aftermath.”

That is the theme of the new Act Now, Save Later campaign just launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which denounces the fact that only 1% of international aid is allocated to reduce the impact of disasters. For the past ten years, nearly one million people have been killed by disasters, causing more than a trillion dollars in losses.

You can learn more about why it is worth investing in disaster risk reduction in a video created by the UNDP for the campaign:

Development and Peace wants to share this campaign in our network because we believe in the power of sustainable and community development to build a world of justice. That's why our support to the people in the Global South is aimed at helping them be better organized and better equipped to improve their living conditions and also to better cope with emergencies caused by disasters.

Our approach is rooted in recognizing the continuous interconnection between emergencies  and  long term development so that we can contribute to real and lasting change. This  also goes hand in hand with the importance of educating the North to the reality of conditions in the South. In fact, our sustainable community development program, our emergency relief program, as well as our education, awareness and public mobilization program exist to complement each other, because none of these actions, taken alone, can be considered the only response to such complex issues.

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