USAID Restructure Of Resilience Programmes

19 Feb 2020 by Staff - Water Diplomat
WASHINGTON DC, United States

Christine Gottschalk, director of the Centre for Resilience at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has described restructure of the agency's resilience programmes as conducive to "...really thinking about shocks and stresses as perennial features and not anomalies...This is really about knowing that [droughts and floods are] going to happen. How do we plan for it so we can be responsive?”

In a 13 February address to the Society for International Development Gottschalk said USAID defined resilience as “the ability to manage adversity and change without compromising future well-being”. Informed by 2011-2012 crises in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel that impacted agricultural outputs and heightened food insecurity, the agency recognised that the international response to such events cannot be solely humanitarian but must also have a development approach. (Devex)

Accordingly, USAID has now combined several aid and development programs into the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, and the Bureau for Conflict Prevention and Stabilization. These now report to a single administrator, in an acknowledgement that all three areas must have greater coherence and coordination in their work.