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Christian Aid (CA)
This paper presents the findings and recommendations developed by the Humanitarian Response Strand of the Linking Preparedness, Response and Resilience in Emergency Contexts (LPRR) project. This paper outlines the recommendation and requests of the LPRR consortium’s local stakeholders, including crises effected beneficiaries, local partners and in country staff. The aim of this research and paper is to present the recommendations and perceptions made by local stakeholders (first responders and crises survivors) for how humanitarian response can be strengthened to enable (and not undermine) long term community resilience building.
The LPRR consortium is led by Christian Aid and includes Action Aid, Concern Worldwide, HelpAge, Kings College London, Muslim Aid, Oxfam, Saferworld and World Vision. The countries of focus include Bangladesh, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Kenya, Pakistan and the Philippines and cover a multi-risk profile. The LPRR’s project aim is to inform and improve consortium agency practice; resulting in more resilient communities.
This paper draws upon and takes forward the existing Linking Relief and Development Debate (LRDD) and acknowledges the fact that for decades, academics, practitioners and policy makers alike have grappled with how to better align humanitarian aid and longer term development. Reflecting on the challenges mapped out by the continuum and contiguum theories, this paper supports Macrae’s (2012) argument that resilience offers a new opportunity to bridge the gap and better align interventions.