Water workers repairing a pipe within the watershed

Humanitarian Assistance

The climate crisis is truly a humanitarian crisis. It disproportionately affects fragile and conflict-affected communities globally. As climate disasters become more frequent and intense, their impacts will exacerbate existing vulnerabilities and inequalities. The USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) is leveraging its role as the largest humanitarian donor to equitably support and partner with countries and communities most at risk of climate-related disasters to help achieve the goals of USAID's Climate Strategy. BHA addresses both short- and long-term humanitarian needs by deploying life-saving humanitarian assistance; supporting early recovery, risk reduction, and resilience programs; promoting locally led adaptation; and enhancing coordination and complementarity among donors. BHA is also committed to the greening of humanitarian response and operations to mitigate climate risks of humanitarian activities.

Climate Risk Profiles for Resilience and Food Security Activities
Early Recovery, Risk Reduction, and Resilience (ER4)
Programming Considerations for Humanitarian-Development-Peace Coherence: A Note for USAID’s Implementing Partners
Windows of Opportunity for Risk-Informed Humanitarian Assistance: An Anticipatory, Early Action, and Disaster Risk Finance Framework
Here are some resources to help humanitarian assistance practitioners understand how their work intersects with climate change.
Group of women in Zimbabwe conducting gulley reclamation
With a human-centered perspective rooted in behavior change, climate practitioners can help communities adapt to an uncertain future.
woman helping young boy wash his hands
The USAID/Uganda Biodiversity for Resilience (B4R) Activity supports the National Forestry Authority to conserve Central Forest Reserve water towers, including in Karamoja.
Storm clouds over Kidepo Valley National Park in Uganda

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