“Every dollar invested in preparedness saves seven dollars in the humanitarian response”. While this conclusion is widely accepted within the humanitarian and development communities, studies show that less than two percent of overall humanitarian expenditure is eventually spent on prevention and preparedness.

The German Government is convinced that effective humanitarian assistance can often start before a crisis even hits. Effective measures include the training of first responders, improving local response capacities, strengthening legal frameworks for disaster situations, or pre-positioning aid when a crisis is looming.

In negotiations of relevant resolutions of the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council, Germany is constantly highlighting the importance of preparedness and disaster risk reduction strategies in humanitarian action and development planning. Starting in fall 2011, Germany has convened a series of meetings among humanitarian organisations, disaster prone countries and donors that helped identify ways to front load the humanitarian reponse. These discussions provided input for an international conference on preparedness, hosted by the German Government in June 2013 in Berlin.

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