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Resilience and climate

We help build the capacity of poor and marginalised people so they are better equipped to cope with disasters, risks and challenges.

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. 

Our approach

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 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.
To resolve this issue of vulnerability, we need to identify the levels of vulnerability and cases of most vulnerable because there are different degrees of vulnerability, for example those whose houses were destroyed in the fighting
Jacqueline Muhawe
North Kivu
Results

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: 

Need help reporting on your resilience programmes? You can download our Measuring resilience impact how-to guide. This guide offers a wealth of information, from data collection considerations to communication and use of findings. 

Reports and resources

The Big Shift: Banks - campaign briefing

Get clued up on how banks are fuelling climate change, and how they could be a key part of the solution. 

Harvest school assembly - English

This assembly and accompanying ‘fairy tale’ explores how farmers in Malawi have overcome the challenges that climate change poses to their harvests.

Harvest video for churches (without subtitles)

Download our Harvest video on how we're training pigeon pea farmers like Frank to have better business skills.

Prayer for the world based on Psalm 13

How long, O Lord? Can we hide our faces from the headlines of violence and tragedy?

Rohingya Crisis Appeal presentation

PowerPoint presentation to tell your congregation about the Rohingya appeal and inspire them to give.

Transformers resource pack - English

Download all the Transformers resources in one go as a zip file.

Transformers resource pack - Welsh

Download all our Welsh language Transformers resources in one go as a zip file.

Crazy Climate: all resources - English

Download all of our Crazy Climate resources in one go through a zip file.

Crazy Climate: all resources - Welsh

Download all of our Welsh language Crazy Climate resources in one go through a zip file.

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