The story behind USAID’s new resilience strategy

When Devex spoke with Nancy Lindborg in October, the U.S. Agency for International Development assistant administrator said the USAID policy and program guidance on resilience would be out “in the next few weeks.” That time has come (Dec. 3 to be exact).

Speaking with Devex President Raj Kumar at the 2012 European Development Days, Lindborg shared some of the behind-the-scenes activities that led to the crafting of the strategy, like bringing together relief and development people from the Horn of Africa and Sahel to find out the key drivers of vulnerability and how to address them.

She also touched on what the new guidance specifically hopes to achieve.

“In the Horn of Africa, the plan that was produced says that by 2017, we would directly benefit 10 million people and move a million people off the emergency case load the next time a disaster hits in a focused geographic area in the dry lands of Kenya and Ethiopia,” she said, adding that USAID understands such a big goal will only happen through collaborations with other international development agencies and map it against country plans.

Watch the conversation between Kumar and Lindborg on how the new strategy will impact the work on resilience of USAID’s implementing partners and her tenure as chief of the agency’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance. This is part of a series of conversations we video-taped with global development leaders in the center of the action at EDD12 in Brussels.

Check out our complete coverage of European Development Days 2012.

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