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The world is our shared responsibility

In order to reach our vision of the Kingdom of God being embodied in the world, we need to change what is hurting us and our planet. Conflict sensitivity is a key to finding constructive paths to peace. Additionally, resilience is needed for our societies to be able to withstand and recover from and crises.

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Climate
Climate change and environmental degradation concern us all

We believe that people have both the responsibility and the ability to create a sustainable society with respect for each other and our planet. The climate crisis reminds us of our task to steward creation for future generations.

The climate crisis highlights global injustice

Today, we know that environmental degradation and climate change affect people living in poverty and vulnerability most severely, even though these people contribute the least to the problems at the global level. The climate crisis is not only the most urgent of our sustainability issues – it is also one of the greatest injustices of our time.

Our responsibility for God’s creation

Healthy ecosystems and sustainable natural resource management are essential for the fundamental right to life. We believe that every individual is created in the image of God and we humans are tasked with caring for God’s creation by taking responsibility for each other and the world in which we live.

Local partnerships provide sustainable solutions

The international aid efforts we support must contribute to climate and environmental sustainability in accordance with our environment and climate policy. Most often, it is local people who are the most affected who can contribute with the best solutions. Through local and long-term partnerships, we believe it is possible to reverse the negative trend.

  

  

This is how we work on climate

This is how others work on climate

Sida's Green toolbox - A selection of documents that can help integrate environmental and climate considerations into Sida funded initiatives
Environmental lens - A tool that can be used for environmental integration in both ongoing operations and projects
CEDRA - A tool developed by Tearfund to perform environmental risk analyses
Red Cross Red Crescent climate training kit - A material designed to hold climate risk management courses
INFORM index for risk management - A global tool for risk assessment of humanitarian crises and disasters

Our view of climate and environment issues is...

founded on God as the creator of the world and humanity. We believe that our mission is to take responsibility of that creation together.

Author:
Desk officer, coordinator
Resilience and DRR
Resilience and disaster risk reduction

In vulnerable parts of the world, much of what is being built up through international development cooperation risks being destroyed by recurring natural disasters. These are caused or exacerbated by climate change and other human activities. To reduce the risk of disasters we need to work with prevention by, for example, strengthening resilience.

What is resilience?

Resilience means that an individual, a society or a country has the resilience and adaptability to deal with negative changes, shocks and uncertainties while at the same time continuing to develop.

  • Climate change, soil degradation and chronic malnutrition are examples of negative changes.
  • Shocks include natural disasters, armed conflicts that have flared up, and epidemics.
  • Uncertainty is about unforeseen changes or consequences of climate change and environmental disasters.

Resilience is an overall approach challenging and improving the efforts we support in both international development cooperation and humanitarian work.

What is disaster risk reduction?

Disaster risk reduction (DRR) is about what we can do to prepare for, avoid or mitigate the consequences of disasters. A disaster is often described as a combination of high exposure to danger, high vulnerability and insufficient capacity to deal with the negative consequences.

The most important way to reduce the risk of disasters and crises is to build strong local communities where committed decision makers and effective authorities are able to work preventatively and respond to ongoing crisis.

We invest in resilience and disaster risk reduction

Our work for strengthened resilience and disaster risk reduction is based on our climate and environmental policy. During 2017-2021, we received extra funding from Sida to focus on this work. We therefore encourage our member organisations together with their partner organisations to work for strengthened resilience and disaster risk reduction around the world.

Humanitarian efforts are often carried out in areas where long-term international development cooperation is already underway. Nevertheless, these two forms of assistance are often kept apart. By working for increased resilience, we create bridges between long-term international development cooperation and humanitarian work.

Local contacts and international networks

Our broad network of member organisations and their local partner organisations worldwide are an asset in the work for increased resilience. By working with local religious representatives who have religious literacy on the specific context, we can find and support solutions relevant to the context. In this way, people’s ability to prepare for, adapt to and recover from various forms of negative change and shocks increases.

The Sendai Framework is a global agreement that calls on each country to develop strategies to reduce the risk of disasters. We encourage our member organisations and partner organisations located in countries at high risk of disasters to cooperate with the country’s national agencies to reduce the risks.

We and several of our member organisations are members of The Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR). This large international network is advocating for increased engagement on disaster risk reduction and resilience, and for better coordination when disasters occur. Membership in GNDR does not cost anything.

This is how we work on resilience and DRR

This is how others work on resilience and DRR

Minimum standards for climate-smart disaster risk reduction - The material has been prepared by the Red Cross Climate Center and serves as an important bridge between national climate policy and local capacity for disaster prevention
Index for Risk Management - Useful for identifying risks, vulnerabilities and capacities in different countries. Several multilateral and international institutions are behind this information base.

The Sendai framework aims to reduce the risks and consequences of accidents and disasters

Author:
Desk officer
Conflict sensitivity
Varför är konfliktkänslighet viktigt i biståndet?

This is how others work with conflict sensitivity

The Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) - World map and in-depth analysis
Collabrative Learning Projects (CDA) - CDA:s publications about conflict sensitivity and Do No Harm

Working with conflict sensitivity is...

to really understand the community you plan to operate in and the open or suppressed conflicts that exist there.

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