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 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’
North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo
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 in programmes focused on resilience.
In Malawi, our Enhancing Climate Resilience Programme (ECRP) strengthened the resilience and reduced the vulnerability of around 77,000 households. In total, it reached 423,000 people making them better prepared for potentially devastating effects of climate change.
Blogs and stories
19 August 2019
A theological reflection on the global climate strike
14 August 2019
How Christian Aid staff provided practical help and encouragement to Extinction Rebellion.
13 August 2019
Youth climate striker and London Quaker, Anya Nanning Ramamurthy, addressed faith groups with this call to climate justice ahead of the climate lobby of parliament on 26 June 2019.
24 July 2019
Keith Hitchman, a vicar in Liverpool diocese, reflects on the theology of climate justice.
10 July 2019
The UK Government has just committed to get to net zero by 2050 – a good start but not enough. It needs to go further.
27 June 2019
Thank you for coming to lobby your MP in Westminster this week.
25 June 2019
There was mixed news in this year’s World Energy Investment report from the International Energy Agency but the end of coal could be in sight.
12 June 2019
Our partner SEEDS creates sustainable livelihoods for displaced people in Nepal, with a focus on gender and social inclusion.
06 June 2019
Welcome to our monthly round up of climate campaigning news.
21 May 2019
Prospery Raymond, our country manager for Haiti and the Dominican Republic, explains how Caribbean voices must be heard in climate change conversations.
A small selection of our resilience and climate programmes from around the world.
Emergency Relief Support to River Eroded People of Naria, Shariatpur
The programme is providing emergency assistance to 4,500 households displaced caused by erosion of the Padma River in Bangladesh.
FISH works to increase freshwater lake conservation in Malawi and to build the resilience of people who depend on them for their livelihoods.
Improving community resilience with increased water supply and food
The Improved Community resilience through increased water supply programme strengthened community resilience and adaptation to climate change.
In Their Lifetime (ITL)
In Their Lifetime Appeal (ITL) is a seed fund enabling Christian Aid to pioneer new approaches to fighting poverty and scale up solutions that work.
Linking Preparedness, Resilience and Response (LPRR)
The LPRR project aims to improve the understanding and use of best practices in preparedness and resilience to respond to emergencies.
Partnerships for Resilience (PAR)
PAR supports vulnerable rural communities in Angola to adopt climate-resilient farming techniques, and develop their capability to withstand shocks.
Pro-Resilience Action (PROACT) Malawi
The programme will ensure more than 65,000 vulnerable households are resilient to food and climate change shocks.
Examples of resilience-building from across our programmes.
Radio listening groups in Ethiopia
In the Dassenech community, many children suffer severe malnourishment, and diseases threaten the lives of people and livestock alike.
Through local partner Agri Service Ethiopia (ASE), we supported vulnerable communities in one of the most remote and hard-to reach areas of Ethiopia to address the risks and challenges that hamper them on a daily basis.
ASE has sponsored radio programmes about health, livelihoods, and harmful traditional practices and helped communities in Dassenech, and other project areas, to establish radio listening groups.
The programmes have resulted in an improved awareness of circumcision and HIV as well as the use of condoms for family planning and HIV prevention. The radio shows have also taught people how to harvest crops, fatten livestock and improve other agricultural practices.
Bringing government closer to the people in Kenya
Christian Aid’s resilience programme in northern Kenya has enabled remote communities to engage with new government structures, using mobile phone technology.
SMS services are helping to support developments in governance, health, climate and give communities access to markets information.
Through the SMS voices project, local farmer Justin Ireri receives text messages containing weather predictions and forecasts, enabling him to make more informed decisions about what and when to plant.
By linking communities with real-time early warning systems, it improved their ability to respond quickly to conditions on the ground. The project also achieved the primary goal of brokering dialogue between community members and local authorities, encouraging positive, participatory engagement between communities and authorities, building mutual trust.
Reports and resources
Your guide to transforming lives over breakfast.
Great news! Thanks to the support of people like you, Christian Aid’s partner has built Marcelin a new disaster-resistant home.
Christian Aid has been working in Ethiopia for more than 30 years, initially responding to emergencies, but gradually building a long-term programme.
How, where, when and why do BRACED interventions work, and what can be learned / how can good practice be replicated?
Writing a personal letter can have much more impact than a standard email.
A prayer for all communities affected.
A summary of Christian Aid Ethiopia’s major achievements during 2018/19 and contributions to changing the lives of communities we work with.
This briefing challenges the World Bank and IMF to become a positive force for change in an economic future that is beneficial for people and planet.
Tips on how to get the campaign noticed in your community and importantly by your bank.
How can we all help make the world a better place? A 15-minute assembly about Christian Aid's work around the world.
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The latest news, photos and programme updates from around the world. Sharing resources and knowledge with development and humanitarian practitioners.