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Resilience and climate

We help build the capacity of poor and marginalised people so they are better equipped to fight this climate crisis and 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. 

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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.

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 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.

Blogs and stories

Our programmes

East Africa Crisis Appeal project

This project aims to build resilient pastoralist communities in Marsabit county, Kenya, to mitigate climate disasters.

Lake Region Economic Bloc Climate Change Governance project

This project aims to strengthen adaptation and resilience to climate change in the Lake region of Kenya.

Climate Justice Resilience Fund project

This project strengthens pastoralist communities’ resilience to climate change in the Marsabit and Samburu counties in northern Kenya.

Reports and resources

The Big Shift: Banks - campaign briefing

Get powered up for climate justice. Find out 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.

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.

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