Early recovery

The idea that a society progresses linearly from humanitarian crisis to separate stages of recovery and then to development has been proven false. Even early in the emergency response phase, it is necessary to begin laying the groundwork for recovery and development. Early Recovery (ER) addresses the programming needs of recovery that arise while urgent action to save lives is still the predominant need. ER involves both humanitarian action that is sensitive to a future transition and enhances the resilience of people, and also specific programming aimed at helping people transition from relief to development.
Volunteer workers rebuilding after the Haiti earthquake
Photo: Oxfam International

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