In advance of and immediately following destabilizing events, such as natural disasters and armed conflict, we work with communities to recover and rebuild infrastructure, increase resiliency, and reduce future vulnerability. Working in fragile and conflict-affected environments requires a multifaceted approach and improved government capacity to provide essential services. Our disaster assistance programs provide services like psychosocial support and trauma healing for vulnerable populations, including internally displaced persons, facilitating reconciliation processes and community dialogue, and reintegrating former combatants into communities through livelihood and life-skills activities. As part of our response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, we supported economic growth by investing in public institutions and facilitated neighborhood revitalization projects to improve governance.
Recovery and Reconstruction.
Psychosocial Support for Children Counters the Legacy of Violent Extremism in Syria
Exposure to violent and radical ISIS ideologies has damaged Syrian children’s mental health. In areas touched by violent extremism, transforming classrooms into mental health positive spaces that deliver psychosocial support can kickstart the healing process.
3 Questions with Victoria Cooper: Ebola, COVID-19, and Global Development
As chief of party for the USAID Digital Liberia and e-Government project, Vicki Cooper led efforts to strengthen Liberia’s health, education, and economic growth sectors through enhanced information, communication, and technology capabilities in the aftermath of the Ebola epidemic. 1. How can the global development community use lessons learned from the Ebola crisis in Liberia…
What the Global Fragility Act Could Mean for Development Investments
This post originally appeared on Devex. The Global Fragility Act requires the U.S. government, in collaboration with civil society, to develop a 10-year strategy to enhance stability and to reduce violence and fragility globally. The GFA — recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and up for a full vote by the Senate —…
Increasing Resiliency in the Face of Disaster: Four Best Practices
As Category 4 Hurricane Florence barreled toward the Southeast of the United States last week, preliminary damage estimates indicated 758,000 homes across three states could be impacted. Reconstruction costs were estimated at $170.2 billion. Despite the dire forecast and its associated challenges, however, the United States is one of the countries most prepared to respond…