Case Study Sector
The aim of the three-year Andhra Pradesh Relief to Development (APR2D) project was to improve the capacity of target communities in India to better manage in times of disaster. It built on an earlier relief effort, funded by Canadian International Development Agency and the European Commission Humanitarian Office to restore the livelihoods of affected communities in the immediate aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
To set in motion a process that would sustain a short-term project, the Aga Khan Development Network drew on guiding principles developed from its experiences of projects in disaster reconstruction and more comprehensive development programs: high-quality community-based interventions, working on multiple fronts, and fostering linkages with strong institutional partners. At the core of the project’s disaster management and mitigation strategy was the creation of empowered and highly motivated community-based organizations; their participation was critical in shaping and implementing initiatives that would best serve the needs of the vulnerable, particularly women and children.