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Emergency Relief, Restoring Livelihoods and Disaster Risk Reduction 
Dear Reader,
Natural and human-made disasters wreak havoc on people and economic systems. In 2017 alone, global economic losses caused by disasters soared to 306 billion USD, a steep increase from the years before. Disasters disproportionately affect poor people.
As a development organisation, we not only respond to disasters when they strike but also invest in disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness. This strategy has allowed us to support people in moments of deep distress while simultaneously building resilience for the future.
Development approaches founded on principles of good governance and local partnerships are relevant and useful for emergency response as well. We work to revive local production and market systems to shorten periods of disruption, and link immediate relief measures with long-term development goals.
Below, we share some of our recent experiences in responding to disasters from Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal. As always, we look forward to hearing from you via email or on social media.

  Annette Kolff
  Co-Head International Programmes
  Member of the Management Board

Ethiopia: Emergency Response
From Famine Relief to Resilient Food Systems 
In Northern Ethiopia, the severe El Niño induced drought affected millions. But even in this vulnerable context, a quick emergency response linking relief, rehabilitation and development can sow the seeds for long-term resilience. Learn more about our project in Wag-Himera here.
Myanmar/Bangladesh: Rohingya Refugee Crisis
Supporting 22?000 Rohingya Refugees with Sustainable WASH Services 
More than 670'000 children, women and men fled in 2017 across the border from Myanmar to Bangladesh. Helvetas is responding to the world's fastest growing refugee crisis. Click here to learn more.
Pakistan: Long-Term Development in Emergency Contexts
Building Back Better after Floods 
Helvetas implements long-term development programs in the aftermath of a disaster. Following severe flooding in Chitral, we focused on reducing risks, promoting sustainable resource management and increasing the economic opportunities for marginalized people. Read more about the Livelihoods Programme Hindukush.
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Best Practices in Disaster Risk Reduction

Where People and their Land are Safer 
Disaster Risk
How can we reduce the risk of disaster, while working to preserve and restore natural resources? Take some time to explore successful approaches from all over the world in this compendium. 
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Nepal: Reconstruction
Training to Rebuild: Earthquake Recovery in Nepal 
We?ve trained more than 400 people ? at least a third of them women ? in earthquake-resistant construction. Learn how program participants have helped rebuild more than 2,000 homes destroyed by earthquakes in the Melamchi Valley. Read more
Mark your calendars and meet us! 
Alliance 2015
Raphael Dischl will be present at the Annual meeting of Alliance 2015 Working Group on Food & Nutrition Security. 18 - 19 April 2018 in Dublin, Ireland.
Market System Symposium
Edlira Muedlini, Tim Sparkman, Zenebe Uraguchi and Annick Vollmar will participate in the Market Systems Symposium. 24-26 April 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa.
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Sabrina Mayoufi will attend the Expert Exchange Workshop: Contingency Planning. 15 May 2018 in Bern, Switzerland.
Winfried Heusinger, Bettina Jenny, Edlira Muedini, Ermira Shyti, Katharina Walker, Kurt Wüthrich and Daniela Zimmermann will participate in the 3rd International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training.  6-8 June 2018 in Winterthur, Switzerland.
Agnes Montangero will participate in the AGUASAN Workshop: Leveraging the data revolution - informed decision-making for better water and sanitation management. 25-29 June in Spiez, Switzerland.
Proud to announce 
Rupa Mukerji, Member of the Management Board of Helvetas, has again been selected to contribute as a lead author to the next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment report, ?Climate Change 2021: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Read more about the IPCC?s Sixth Assessment Report cycle. 
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