Prevention and recovery
Much of what we do is focused on preventing or lessening the impact of emergencies. We know that the world’s poorest people are also the most vulnerable to sudden changes or disasters and that they live in countries that are least able to respond and help with recovery. When such disasters occur they can often push people deeper into poverty, undermining previous development efforts.
Helping communities be better prepared for crises
We also know that every €1 spent on preventing a crisis can save €7 on emergency relief and spare people the worst of a crisis situation. We and others in the humanitarian community have come to recognise that it is essential to work with the world’s poorest people and their governments to build up their capacity to deal with change and be resilient in the face of disaster.
Early warning and prevention
Some emergencies can be prevented. Increasingly, we can predict where and when a humanitarian crisis is likely to occur using improved scientific understanding and better information. The effects of climate change, the eruption of conflicts, food shortages and urban expansion can often be planned with better systems of data capture and information sharing. We support efforts to plan ahead, predict and intervene before the situation deteriorates to crisis point.
Staying on after the immediate crises is over
We take practical steps during an emergency to ensure that people’s livelihoods are protected and we stay working in countries long after the crisis has passed to help with the rebuilding and recovery process. This is also important to help prevent future crises. For example, we are redoubling our efforts to promote resilience, sustainable livelihoods and agricultural productivity in the Horn of Africa in order to help prevent a further food shortage.
We are committed to improving the quality of our own humanitarian response.
Learning about what works well
We are committed to improving the quality of our own humanitarian response by building on our success to date and adhering to internationally-recognised best practice.
This way, we can ensure that Ireland’s humanitarian aid programme is being implemented according to good practice and that it is delivering value for money.
Irish Aid Humanitarian Assistance Policy
Download our Humanitarian Assistance Policy 2015