disaster risk reduction

Report

USAID Climate Action Review 2010–2016

USAID’s mission is to end extreme poverty and to advance global prosperity and security. Yet just as growth is lifting millions of people from poverty, climate change is posing a new challenge to development.

Countries around the world are experiencing more intense heat waves, droughts, floods and storms, as well as slower-moving changes like ocean acidification and sea-level rise. These changes are threatening food and water supplies as well as homes, livelihoods and lives.

Article

Risk Management for Drinking Water Safety in Low and Middle Income Countries

We investigated cultural influences on the implementation of water safety plans (WSPs) using case studies from WSP pilots in India, Uganda and Jamaica. A comprehensive thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews (n = 150 utility customers, n = 32 WSP ‘implementers’ and n = 9 WSP ‘promoters’), field observations and related documents revealed 12 cultural themes, offered as ‘enabling’, ‘limiting’, or ‘neutral’, that influence WSP implementation in urban water utilities to varying extents.

Brief

USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Sector Update

Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs represent vital components of USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) responses to slow- and rapid-onset disasters and complex emergencies, as disaster-affected populations are more susceptible to illness and death from waterborne and communicable diseases.

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, USAID/OFDA provided approximately $247 million to support WASH programs in more than 35 countries.

PhotoEssay

Photo Essay: Building Resilience in Cities Devastated by Typhoon Haiyan

Super Typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Yolanda, made landfall in the Philippines on November 8, 2013. One of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, Haiyan caused severe flooding and inflicted serious wind damage, impacting 16 million people and displacing more than 4 million. More than 6,000 people lost their lives, while 1.1 million homes were damaged or destroyed.

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USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance - WASH in Emergencies

Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs represent vital components of USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) responses to rapid-onset disasters and complex emergencies, as disaster-affected populations are more susceptible to illness and death from waterborne and communicable diseases. WASH interventions in emergencies often include promotion of good hygienic practices, construction or repair of latrines, removal of solid waste, and provision of safe, treated water.

Strategy and Guidance

Latin America and the Caribbean Disaster Risk Reduction Plan 2015-2019

For more than 30 years, USAID has been a leader in disaster risk reduction (DRR), pioneering approaches that have built regional and national disaster response capacities to confront a whole range of hazards. In Latin America and the Caribbean, USAID—through its Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance—has trained more than 70,000 people in emergency management and disaster response.

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How USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance Saves Lives

The video explains what USAID--through the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA)--is doing to help those suffering in the midst of some of the worst disasters and crises around the world. Specifically, it educates viewers on USAID/OFDA's unique disaster response capabilities and showcases the generosity of the American people to help those most in need.

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USAID Provides Emergency Flood Assistance in Pakistan

In September 2010, USAID and our international partners provided logistical, financial, and technical support for Pakistan and its people in the aftermath of severe flooding caused by overwhelming monsoon rains.

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USAID Provides Winter Shelter for Flood Victims in Pakistan

In Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, thousands of families lost their homes as a result of flooding in 2010. USAID provided insulated shelters to more than 1,600 of the most vulnerable families in the wake of the disaster.