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Millions are living on the edge of emergency. The number of people living on the edge of emergency has rocketed to 220 million. The world's poorest are paying a high price for the international aid system's failure to address factors keeping them in chronic poverty. With food price rises adding to the problem many people just don’t have enough to eat. Most of them live on the edge because we keep them there. Money raised to respond to emergencies often leaves them worse off than they were before. CARE is demanding that we put a stop to this by calling for a dramatic overhaul of the system which is keeping them trapped.

Our report calls on the international community to give higher priority to recovery and prevention programmes like seed distribution and improved veterinary services so that families can pull themselves back from the edge and be in a stronger position to fight off the next emergency themselves.


On 15 November 2007, Cyclone Sidr struck the southwest coast of Bangladesh and high winds and floods caused extensive damage to housing, roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

Electricity supplies and communications were knocked out as roads and waterways were impassable.

Drinking water was contaminated by debris and saline water from the storm surge and sanitation infrastructure was destroyed.

The cyclone caused 3406 deaths and seriously affected about one million households.

Estimated damages and losses were Tk 115.6 billion (US$ 1.7 billion) and mainly concentrated in the housing and productive sectors.


Across all provinces in Afghanistan, there are non-governmental organisations (NGOs) delivering assistance in the midst of violence and political instability.

Their ability to implement programmes safely and effectively is increasingly jeopardised by the deteriorating security situation.

In some districts, NGOs have significantly reduced their operations or even withdrawn entirely as their staff, projects and beneficiaries come under attack.

In this challenging context, aid agencies have a responsibility to understand and manage their interactions with a range of armed forces active in Afghanistan.


The aim of this case study is to share CARE Peru’s experience of trying to put accountability into practice within their earthquake response - what worked well, the challenges faced and the lessons that were learnt along the way.

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