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Saving life, rebuilding livelihoods

6.3 The first goal is to provide timely, appropriate and adequate relief interventions. The main victims of emergencies, women and children, must be brought as partners into the dynamics of relief design and implementation. Women must be the principal managers of food aid resources, and they should be able to move on with their life after a crisis with new skills in hand. Even emergency interventions have long term as well immediate aspects; where possible they should be treated as opportunities for investing in the future.
6.4 Complex emergencies require political action as well as humanitarian responses. They must be addressed not only by food aid but by diplomacy and debate that allows for a resolution of the causes of deep-seated resentment fuelling conflict. And emergency interventions must lead progressively, and as early as possible, into post-crisis rehabilitation. Relief and rehabilitation initiatives must ensure that the resilience of households and rural economies are strengthened and that development investments can subsequently take hold.