Prepared communities

We support organisations and coalitions that promote community resilience – the ability to prepare for, cope with, and recover from shocks and stress. We also provide funding for humanitarian response after disasters, while backing long-term recovery and resilience-building.

The challenge

Millions of people are affected every year by disasters. Marginalised communities are more vulnerable and exposed due to a lack of economic opportunities, inadequate basic services, deficient infrastructure, and living in unsafe areas. The livelihoods of many rural communities depend on climate-sensitive activities such as agriculture and gathering.



One in 23 people on the planet now needs humanitarian assistance, twice the number from just four years ago. Climate change has exacerbated the crises and will continue to do so, leading to more frequent and severe extreme weather events, increased food insecurity, displacement, and economic vulnerability.

Our response

Investing in disaster risk reduction saves lives and money. It yields economic, social, and environmental benefits. Local communities are uniquely positioned to identify immediate needs, implement emergency response programmes, and participate in decision-making to better prepare for future events.

One in 23 people on the planet needs humanitarian assistance


We partner with organisations and coalitions that promote risk assessments, community-based disaster preparedness, early warning systems, resilience-building activities, and nature-based solutions.


Examples include the management of ecosystems that provide protective barriers against hazards and the promotion of sustainable land and water management practices to increase resilience.


When disasters occur, we support organisations that offer timely and effective relief and recovery efforts, including efforts to restore infrastructure, livelihoods, and basic services. In those cases, we prioritise projects that address the immediate needs of affected communities while considering their long-term recovery and resilience-building.

Since countries marked by conflict and fragility are adversely affected by disasters, and in turn disasters exacerbate these conditions, adapting a ‘do no harm’ and conflict-sensitive approach is key. We prioritise community-centred and locally-led approaches that promote gender equality and foster social cohesion in the prevention, recovery, and rebuilding process.