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
- 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.
Case study: 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.
Case study: 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.