Since the Horn of Africa crisis of 2011, building resilience of local communities has become a rallying cry within the aid community. Donors and implementing agencies are now pouring more resources in the cause particularly in fragile states.
Building resilience in fragile states, such as Somalia, is “complex,” according to Christel Bultman, program director at CARE Nederland. Humanitarian aid, she told Devex Editor Rolf Rosenkranz at the 2012 European Development Days, can derail the process.
“[Aid] agencies and donors tend to react with emergency assistance which is crucial, it is very important of course to save all these lives … but at the same time we need to understand that this undermines the resilience of these communities we’re trying to help,” she said.
Watch the conversation between Rosenkranz and Bultman, part of a series of interviews we video-taped with global development leaders in October in Brussels, Belgium.