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“No one should have to face the crippling circumstances we have seen in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel over the past year. Through building resilience, we can help prevent that desperation, save lives, and create the conditions where families and communities can prosper.”

                                      Administrator Rajiv Shah, December 3rd

                                     USAID launch of “Building Resilience to  

                              Recurrent  Crisis”  Initiative

Media Advisory | December 11th Briefing on “Building Resilience” by USAID Assistant Administrator Nancy Lindborg

On December 3, 2012, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced the launch of the U.S. first-ever policy and program guidance on Building Resilience to Recurrent Crisis.  This guidance reinforces the Obama Administration’s June 14th U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa by putting in place policy guidance to support the U.S. government’s commitment to promote resilience-building programming while continuing to lead the world in response to humanitarian crises.

In 2011, the widespread suffering seen across the Horn of Africa and Sahel revealed that in far too many places, too many communities, families, and individuals consistently rely on humanitarian assistance just to survive. Chronic poverty and recurring shocks drive the same communities into crisis year after year, undermining development gains. In response to this clear need, and together with our international development partners, USAID has committed, through this policy and program guidance, to better coordinate its development and humanitarian approaches to effectively build resilience in targeted areas of recurrent crisis. USAID will still maintain both the lifesaving speed of humanitarian assistance and the longer-term focus of development assistance; however, through this guidance, the Agency is working to ensure that humanitarian relief and development experts work together to better plan and program to build resilience and help vulnerable communities move from cycles of crisis to a pathway toward development.

Please join us on Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 at 13:30 GMT for a telephonic press conference with USAID Assistant Administrator Nancy Lindborg to discuss USAID’s new guidance to steer Agency efforts to build resilience and help vulnerable communities move from cycles of crisis to a pathway toward development.  Assistant Administrator Lindborg will have just returned from a two-day visit to Burkina Faso where she will be participating in the official launch of the Global Alliance for Resilience Initiative – Sahel (AGIR) at the initiative of the European Commission.


Please join us on Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 at 13:30 GMT for a telephonic press conference with USAID Assistant Administrator Nancy Lindborg on her trip to Africa and USAID's resilience policy initiative.

Speaker:        Nancy Lindborg, USAID Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance

Date:              Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Time:              3:30 GMT |14:30 West Africa | 15:30 Central/South Africa | 16:30 East Africa
Language:       English
Ground rules:   ON THE RECORD
Dial-in Info:      International, U.S. and Verbal Pass Code:  will be provided once you RSVP
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Last year the Horn of Africa experienced the worst drought in 60 years, putting nearly 14 million people at severe risk.  In response, in close collaboration with international partners, USAID devoted nearly $1 billion in humanitarian assistance to help meet the needs of 4.6 million people.  This year in the Sahel, 18.7 million people were at risk of food insecurity as a result of drought, following food crises in 2008 and 2010.

Chronic poverty and recurrent shocks are driving the same communities into crisis year after year. Over the past decade, U.S. $90 billion was spent by international donors in just nine countries – accounting for almost 50% of all humanitarian assistance during this period.  With this level of humanitarian need projected to continue and even increase in some areas, communities face ongoing cycles of crisis they cannot escape, undermining development gains.

Together with East Africa’s Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the European Union and over 51 other international development partners, USAID is leading an international effort to build resilience in the Horn of Africa. The Global Alliance, launched in April 2012, is supporting the completion of technically rigorous Country Program Frameworks that will enable donors to closely align programs and funding with plans developed and owned by governments of drought‐affected areas.  In addition, at the initiative of the European Commission, the AGIR‐Sahel was launched in June 2012 together with USAID, donor and regional governments, UN agencies and other humanitarian and development bodies. The EU will soon release a roadmap to better coordinate humanitarian and development efforts in the Sahel region. USAID and EU teams in the field are partnering to identify and advance resilience‐building solutions.

December 3, 2012 Press Release:  December 3, 2012 Press Release:  USAID Launches Policy and Program Guidance to Building Resilience

December 4, 2012 Video Clip, Assistant Administrator Lindborg on the New Resilience Initiative at USAID:  Nancy Lindborg, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, speaks on Building Resilience to Recurrent Crisis - a USAID policy initiative:


Nancy Lindborg is the USAID assistant administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) and leads the efforts of more than 500 team members in nine offices focused on crisis prevention, response, recovery and transition.

Since being sworn into office in October 2010, Ms. Lindborg has led DCHA teams in response to the Arab Spring uprising and numerous other global crises. She led the USAID Horn Drought Response and continues to spearhead USAID efforts to advance resilience as a means of helping communities out of chronic disaster.

The nine offices of DCHA include the newly established Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance, the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, the Office of Food for Peace, the Office of Transition Initiatives, and the Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation.

Lindborg has spent most of her career finding solutions to long-standing issues involving transition, democracy and civil society, conflict and humanitarian response.  Prior to joining USAID, she was president of Mercy Corps, where she spent 14 years developing it into a globally respected organization known for its innovative programs in challenging environments.

Lindborg has held a number of leadership and board positions including co-president of the board of directors for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, founder and board member of the National Committee on North Korea, and chair of the Sphere Management Committee. She is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in English literature from Stanford University and a Master of Arts in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


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