The Rockefeller Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development have announced a $100 million partnership to build resilience to chronic social stresses and climate-related shocks across Africa and Asia.
Announced in conjunction with the start of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit at the White House, the Global Resilience Partnership will institute a new model for addressing complex and interrelated challenges, including persistent and extreme poverty, food insecurity, and deadly climate events. By improving the alignment of humanitarian and development planning, connecting the private sector with civil society and government, and crowdsourcing innovations and solutions, the partnership aims to help at-risk communities and regions reduce their vulnerability to shocks and stresses and stay on the path to development. To that end, the partnership will focus on communities in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, and South and Southeast Asia and will launch a competitive Resilience Challenge — a call for bold and innovative solutions to the toughest challenges in those regions.
According to the foundation, total development losses as a result of recurring crises over the last thirty years amount to $3.8 trillion worldwide. During that period, the number of weather-related disasters has tripled, and although low-income countries were affected by only 9 percent of those disasters, they accounted for 48 percent of all fatalities — in part due to population growth, which has put more people, many of them poor, in harm's way.
"Disasters and shocks pose an unparalleled threat to the world's most vulnerable communities and hamstring the global humanitarian response," said USAID administrator Rajiv Shah. "This new bold partnership will help the global community pivot from being reactive in the wake of disaster to driving evidence-based investments that enable cities, communities, and households to better manage and adapt to inevitable shocks. USAID is proud to partner with the Rockefeller Foundation in advancing this new model, harnessing public-private partnerships, and empowering country leadership to end extreme poverty."