We ensure public and private partners have the resources to respond to crises, address root causes and lay the foundation for recovery and resilience.

The Purpose

Since its founding in 1961, PCI has responded to humanitarian emergencies and worked in communities that are highly vulnerable to a broad range of shocks and stresses. Examples include providing medical services in the Vietnam War under the principles of neutrality and impartiality; responding to earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes as well as outbreaks of disease, drought, economic volatility, and climate change across Africa, Asia, and Latin America; and, reinforcing resilience in nomadic pastoralist areas of Africa, coastal areas of Bangladesh, and urban informal settlements in Guatemala and Haiti.

PCI’s approach to resilience recognizes that shocks and stresses of all types and sizes —not just big emergencies—can erode households’ coping mechanisms and capacity to thrive. These shocks and stresses can be rapid or slow to onset; natural trends or man-made; and affect different populations in different ways—women, marginalized groups, single-headed households, people with disabilities, the elderly, farmers, or fishermen, for example. Even small household or community-level emergencies can have disastrous effects on lives and livelihoods, but not necessarily trigger emergency responses at the local, national, or international levels.

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Hardship Strategy

PCI reinforces communities’ existing coping mechanisms and livelihoods, and helps them to develop context specific, evidence-based strategies to make them more resilient to shocks. PCI also works closely with government agencies, private sector actors, community groups, local universities, and many other stakeholders to build capacity and align them behind proven strategies to create more resilient systems for managing risk. PCI’s risk management strategies—many of which started as small pilot projects at the community level—have been scaled across municipalities and states, and have informed national policies.

PCI’s Humanitarian Assistance and Resilience Unit’s strategic objective is therefore to reduce hardship and nurture more resilient neighborhoods through the implementation of quality programs that empower communities and build their capacity to respond to emergencies, recover from crises, and reduce their vulnerability to future shocks and stresses. The unit plans to achieve this objective through pursuing the following four strategic directions:

  1. Disaster-affected communities have access to immediate interventions across sectors that save lives and livelihoods and reduce their vulnerability to future shocks and stresses.
  2. Vulnerable communities are more resilient and better prepared to manage future disasters.
  3. The international humanitarian and development communities adopt PCI approaches to assistance that facilitate recovery and resilience.
  4. High-risk, informal, urban settlements are transformed into safer, healthier, food-secure and more prosperous neighborhoods.

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