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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, 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

04 February 2019

Find out how you can rise up – and challenge HSBC to make the Big Shift to clean energy.

01 February 2019

We must think holistically to tackle interconnected risk, says Global Climate Lead Kat Kramer

12 October 2018

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction - challenges our partners in Latin America face and how they work to improve disaster risk reduction.

05 September 2018

Read more about the Harvest Appeal and get involved.

03 September 2018

How ‘Breaking the Barriers’ will support women and sustainable energy

23 August 2018

Here we take a look at some of the highlights from Christian Aid’s work over the past year…

10 August 2018

Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) will resettle 86 families affected by its mining activities, thanks to ongoing advocacy work by Christian Aid and its partners.

08 August 2018

More than 5,500 churches in Britain and Ireland now run on renewable energy, following our campaign.

23 July 2018

A Salisbury climate change campaign event raises thousands

23 July 2018

Our programmes

A small selection of our resilience and climate programmes from around the world.

Case studies

Examples of resilience-building from across our programmes.

Radio listening groups in Ethiopia

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. 

Farmer holds mobile phone in Kenya which he uses to monitor weather patterns using SMS

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

These envelopes can also be used for church collections.

Your guide to transforming lives over breakfast.

An update from our team on the ground with the very latest information on our response to the Rohingya Crisis.

Put this up on your church noticeboard to let people know when your Harvest service is.

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.

Contact us

Want to know more? If you have any enquiries about our work, please contact us