Disasters hit the poorest the hardest. They often live in areas that are prone to recurring hazards, such as floods or droughts. They are also the ones who are bound to loose their homes, jobs and farmland when fleeing from acts of war. Often they do not have anything or anyone to fall back on.

Disasters destroy investments of years and obstruct further development. Therefore, the most effective response to humanitarian crisis demands linking relief, rehabilitation and development.

Bir Dunya believes that humanitarian interventions should, as soon as possible, include efforts to help affected people rebuild homes and livelihoods, and develop the capacity of local communities to recover if a new disaster would occur. With this approach, which we have coined ‘resilient recovery’, we enable the most vulnerable people in hazard-prone areas to build resilience and self reliance.