Z Zurich Foundation

Floods affect more people globally than any other type of natural hazard and cause some of the largest economic, social and humanitarian losses. Concern is working in partnership with the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance to improve the lives of communities affected by flooding in Bangladesh, Kenya, Malawi and South Sudan.

Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance

For six years, Concern has been working with the Z Zurich Foundation as part of the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance (The Alliance) at a global and local level. The Alliance is a cross-sector collaboration of nine member organisations from the private sector, international development and humanitarian sectors, and academia.

The Alliance focuses on finding practical ways to empower communities to strengthen their resilience to flood risk – and save lives. This innovative approach gives local community groups the technology and insights they need to monitor, predict and plan for the effects of flooding.

As part of this partnership, the Z Zurich Foundation is providing multi-annual funding for Concern’s flood resilience work in 62 flood-vulnerable communities. The Alliance also works to increase funding for flood resilience, strengthen global, national and subnational policies, and improve flood resilience practice.

Flooding in Bangladesh.
Flooding in Char Charitabari Sundarganj in Bangladesh. Photo: Moktar Hossain / ASOD
Family standing outside home saved from floods
Rina with her family and neighbours in the flood-free homestead. Photo: Md. Moktar Hossain, FO, Flood Resilience Project, ASOD/Concern Worldwide

Our partnership

This partnership goes beyond a financial contribution. Funding comes through the Z Zurich Foundation, but Zurich Insurance Group is also a partner in the Alliance. As such, it provides expertise as a global insurer to develop programming that shifts the focus away from post-event recovery and rather stresses the importance of pre-event resilience-building. This helps communities to reduce the devastating impacts of floods, even before a flood hits.

This is in synergy with Concern’s approach to community resilience building of which disaster risk reduction is the foundation and a cornerstone of our approach to sustainable community-led solutions.

Our objectives

This six-year programme has three objectives:

  1. To increase funding for flood resilience
  2. To improve policy at global, national and sub-national scales
  3. To improve flood resilience practice at community level

The Zurich Flood Resilience programme was the recipient of the 2014 UN Lighthouse Award and also earned the Outstanding Achievement Award from the 2019 National Hurricane Conference in the US for its work to develop and implement its Post Event Review Capability approach. The programme also received the National Civil Protection Award by the President of Mexico in September 2019.

Mother of 2, Belita Andrade (22) brings her Concern Emergency Supplies box home with her neighbours. Photo: Gavin Douglas/ Concern Worldwide.

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Our impact in 2020

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17.9 M

people reached through our emergency response

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9.2 M

people reached through our health interventions

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4.3 M

people reached through our livelihoods programmes

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