Reducing Vulnerability and Reinforcing Local Capacity to Respond to Emergencies
In many countries where PCI works, even small shocks and stresses can have devastating and long-term effects on families – their health, safety, livelihoods, access to clean water and sanitation, food and housing.
PCI provides humanitarian assistance to people affected by disasters and complex emergencies; helps governments, local organizations, and communities better manage risk and respond to emergencies when they arise; and integrates efforts to help reduce vulnerability to disasters into all of its ongoing programs.
PCI’s humanitarian assistance programs address protection for vulnerable populations; water, sanitation and hygiene; health; shelter and housing; livelihoods; and education in emergencies. We emphasize identifying the most vulnerable in remote, hard-to-reach areas or in difficult and crowded urban centers; and we engage children, youth, women, the disabled, the elderly and marginalized groups.
PCI utilizes rigorous methodologies to assess the underlying and precipitating trends associated with vulnerability. We partner with leading universities to better understand the contexts where we work, the impacts of our programs, and ways to document and share our strategies with others.
PCI’s humanitarian assistance and disaster risk reduction programs are informed by a number of core principles.
Among them are that PCI:
1. Moves beyond seeing responses to disasters as a continuum from “relief to development”, and recognizes that poorly designed emergency responses often undermine communities’ ability to rebuild and be more resilient in the future.
2. Places a heavy emphasis on research, impact measurement, partnership with local and international universities, and transparency in humanitarian assistance programming, including engaging program participants in participatory research.
3. Assembles inter-disciplinary teams dedicated to developing integrated programs that meet the diverse needs of communities living in vulnerable conditions or recovering from disasters.
4. Utilizes best practices, lessons learned, and the normative principles in the field of humanitarian assistance, to inform context-specific programs.
5. Dedicates itself to close coordination and collaboration with local, national and international partners, so that communities receive, participate in, and provide leadership to seamless programs.
6. Dedicates itself to working closely with and strengthening local capacity to prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from shocks and stresses, including forging strong partnerships with government agencies, local NGOs, community based organizations, households and individuals.
7. Integrates a robust focus on women, girls, youth, the elderly, disabled, and marginalized populations into the design, implementation, and evaluation of its programs. And,
8. Works in hard to reach areas where people are often most vulnerable, from remote, nomadic pastoralist areas of Ethiopia, to the urban centers of Port-au-Prince.
PCI currently operates DRR and HA programs in nine countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas.