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Resilience and climate

Christian Aid and partners are working around the world to build the capacity of poor and marginalised people so they are better equipped to cope with disasters, risks and challenges, and make the most of the opportunities that arise.

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 (PDF) 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 'how to' guide on Measuring Resilience Impact (PDF). This guide offers a wealth of information, from data collection considerations to communication and use of findings. 

Current and past programmes

Resources

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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.
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This paper sets out Christian Aid's position in the lead up to COP22 in Marrakech in November 2016 - the conference should act as a springboard for accelerated climate action in the period before 2020, when the Paris Agreement is due to enter into force.
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Developed by Christian Aid, Picture Power uses participatory photography to provide communities with the skills and equipment to conduct their own project evaluation, most recently on our ECRP programme in Malawi.
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A 'how to' guide on measuring the impact of resilience programming. This guide offers a wealth of information, from data collection considerations to communication and use of findings.
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Briefing on Hydrofluorocarbon emissions (HFCs) and why there is a need for an accelerated global phase down of HFCs under the Montreal Protocol to help stall global warming.
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A participatory vulnerability and capacity assessment (PVCA) empowers poor people to analyse their problems and suggest their own solutions.
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Case studies from Christian Aid’s Building Disaster Resilient Communities programme and preparedness projects in Asia, Africa and Central America.
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This toolkit series provides advice and links to plan adaptation in partnership with those most affected to develop responses that are locally relevant, owned and managed.
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This toolkit series provides advice and links to plan adaptation in partnership with those most affected to develop responses that are locally relevant, owned and managed.
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This toolkit series provides advice and links to plan adaptation in partnership with those most affected to develop responses that are locally relevant, owned and managed.
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This toolkit is to enable Christian Aid programme and partner staff to design and plan better decentralised renewable energy projects.
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A report summarising our key experience across three countries – Kenya, India and Nicaragua.
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Agriculture is the economic sector most vulnerable to climate change and it is directly responsible for about 25% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
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Smallholder farmers can improve agricultural productivity, food security and livelihoods by adopting sustainable approaches that utilise resource-conserving technologies and that draw upon their own knowledge.
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A case study video from Malawi showing how people are being enabled to move beyond survival and subsistence, to enjoy thriving and dignified lives.
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