Immediate, preventive action against Ebola
More than 10,000 people have died in the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa. With the help of international development organisations in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, GIZ has rehabilitated a hospital, equipped 50 health centres with solar power systems and provided more than 6,000 people in quarantine with food packages.
In the neighbouring states Mali and Côte d’Ivoire, GIZ – together with its implementing partners – has carried out comprehensive awareness-raising activities on the Ebola virus to prevent the disease from spreading further and to increase the resilience of the local Population.
Initial support for internally displaced People
A roof over their heads, clean drinking water and toilets – with measures like these, GIZ is improving the living conditions of refugees who have been displaced from their homes due to violent conflicts or serious natural disasters.
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) estimates the number of Afghan internally displaced persons to be more than 780,000. Their supply situation is insufficient and often worse than that of the local population.
In addition to the provision of basic infrastructure, the refugees also receive training in income-generating activities, and in areas like hygiene, peaceful conflict transformation, literacy and everyday mathematics. This helps strengthen their ability to help themselves.
Emergency response and recovery
Transitioning to long-term development
Crises and disasters threaten the livelihoods of millions of people around the world. In these acute emergencies GIZ helps alleviate the suffering of the afflicted population by meeting their basic needs in the immediate term, thus ensuring their survival. GIZ implements recovery projects to secure the livelihoods of particularly vulnerable people, and supports the transition to long-term and sustainable development.
Immediate support for long-term prospects
GIZ’s approach to crises and disasters is not just about responding after the event. It is based on proactive disaster risk management. We support the population, as well as state and civil society structures, in protecting themselves more effectively against the impacts of possible future disasters, and in adapting their living conditions to climate change. GIZ pursues a holistic approach that embraces emergency response, recovery and long-term development cooperation, thus connecting rapid assistance with sustainable prospects.
We have been or remain involved in projects for emergency and transitional assistance in over 20 countries. Examples include Afghanistan, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan and Bangladesh.