Emergencies often occur in fragile states and regions, wich are affected by multiple crises, including longstanding conflicts such as in Mosul, Iraq.
Photo: BMZ/Mario Stumm

03.04.2019

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Germany’s Federal Government Guidelines “Preventing Crises, Resolving Conflicts, Building Peace” presents a range of objectives for the country’s crisis engagement in the years to come. Here, the German Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development describe some of the new instruments they are implementing in situations of crises and fragility world-wide.

People living in crisis-prone regions such as Haiti, Somalia or Iraq face life-threatening challenges – they lack protection, shelter, food and clean water. In order to cope with these threats, get on with their lives and possibly return to their homes after a conflict, they need security, stability, basic services, work and assets to thrive, and they need resilience, i.e. the capacity to live a life worth living in the most adverse circumstances, and to protect themselves against losing everything again. For decades, these people faced a lack of assistance in a time when they most needed it – in the transition from survival to resilience.

Now, the international system is addressing this gap under the umbrella of the “Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus”. The German Federal Foreign Office (FFO) and German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) are key actors in meeting this challenge. In their crisis response, they employ a variety of instruments, including humanitarian assistance under the lead of the FFO and instruments of development co-operation under the lead of the BMZ.

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