Partners for Resilience (PfR) is an alliance of the Netherlands Red Cross (lead agency), CARE Netherlands, Cordaid, the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, and Wetlands International. The name originates in the fundamental belief of its five members in the central role of resilience as the way to deal effectively with disasters. This means they use an integrated approach to mitigate disaster risk and enhance livelihoods, particularly by addressing climate change and ecosystem management and restoration. The Partners for Resilience programme is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Natural and man-made disasters have been increasing dramatically over the past few decades, with climate change contributing to even more extreme and unpredictable weather.
PfR in Mali. Photo credit R. Duijsens
Degradation and loss of ecosystems intensify the hazards that, combined with the high vulnerability of communities in the global South, lead to increased disaster risks.
The poorest people in the poorest countries suffer disproportionately from disasters: lives, assets, products and crops are lost. Disasters wipe out hard-won reductions in poverty, and communities are caught in a vicious circle where poverty creates vulnerability and disasters increase poverty. To ease this situation, the Partners for Resilience reduce the impact of hazards on vulnerable communities in the South.
Women in Orissa coast. Photo credit A.van den Berg