We work for a world where poor people are able to keep more of the wealth they generate, and can better protect themselves, when disaster strikes or times are tough.
At the heart of our approach is our belief that individual and community resilience can be enhanced by empowering poor and vulnerable women and men, girls and boys to make decisions about their development by managing risks and improving their wellbeing.
We define resilience as the ability of individuals and communities to anticipate, organise for and adapt to change.
Our Resilience Framework (PDF) sets out how we work with partners to support communities to identify the risks they face, access resources and effectively to achieve sustainable results.
Partnerships, brokering relationships and integration are key to this.
How we go about it
How we build resilience is crucial to the outcome. The following principles are fundamental to how we go about building shared understanding, trust and long-term solutions:
- Community-led processes: focused putting communities and individuals at the centre of change.
- Power, gender and inclusion: targeted assistance aimed tackling power dynamics and encouraging meaningful participation.
- Accountability: sharing information, genuinely inclusive participation and feedback mechanisms.
- Do no harm: by understanding the wider context to avoid reinforcing existing or underlying inequalities or tensions.
Our work on resilience has reached millions of people around the world.
Through our UK aid funded PPA programmes we reached more than 1.6 million people across 19 countries by 2014/15 (over 4 years) in programmes focused on resilience.
In Malawi, our Enhancing Climate Resilience Programme (ECRP) has strengthened the resilience and reduced the vulnerability of around 77,000 households. In total, it has reached 423,000 people making them better prepared for potentially devastating effects of climate change.
Read highlights and explore learnings from our programmes and work on our Road to Resilience website. Highlights include:
- Case studies from our resilience programmes
- ECRP Malawi: programme results
- Philippines: strengthening power from below
Need help reporting on your resilience programmes? You can download our 'how to' guide on Measuring Resilience Impact (PDF). This guide offers a wealth of information, from data collection considerations to communication and use of findings.