Browse by Theme: Resilience

As the climate crisis makes natural disasters a daily reality for people around the world, communities and humanitarian organisations are looking for ways to mitigate risks and build resilience. In 2019, in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai – which ravaged the coast of southern Africa – CARE’s Emergency Shelter Advisor, Crystal Whitaker, travelled to Malawi to support recovery and learn how communities were using simple savings groups to break the devastating cycle where repeat floods would wipe out homes and livelihoods, forcing families to start over again and again. Below she shares seven lessons for practitioners looking to build longer-term risk mitigation measures into shorter emergency or preparedness programmes.

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CARE is committed to working with partners in emergency response and furthering the global humanitarian localization agenda. This study, drawing on CARE’s response to the 2018 earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, Indonesia, aimed to explore what are the key internal operational barriers, challenges and enablers for an effective, gender-sensitive humanitarian response, which supports localization principles and goals.

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This report, based on in-depth and community-based research, sought to examine resilience in Syria from the experiences and reflections shared by Syrians inside the country. The research focused on the following questions: What does resilience mean from the perspective of people living in Syria? How has the conflict affected the role of women within their families and communities? How does it relate to the humanitarian community’s and CARE’s definitions of resilience? What systems need to be strengthened to better support the resilience of households and communities in protracted crisis?

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his research study, to complement the Understanding resilience: Perspectives from Syrians report, examines in greater depth the transformative resilience and gender norms for Syrian women in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. It specifically sought to answer one key question: “How has the Syrian conflict affected the role of Syrian women within their families and communities (positively and negatively) within refugee hosting communities in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey?”

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This policy brief analyses how Syrian women have adopted new livelihood strategies, new ways of accessing education, and new gender roles; and makes recommendations for how donors, as well as humanitarian and development agencies, should promote women’s leadership in humanitarian and early recovery responses, supporting a platform for Syrian women to define their own priorities, shape the support they receive, and make decisions for themselves and their dependents.

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Gender inequality is a major driver of poverty and a major obstacle to sustainable development. It’s also a key determinant of exposure to climate change risk: women and girls are more vulnerable to climate change impacts. So if we want to reduce this risk, reduce poverty, and promote sustainable development, adaptation projects and programmes must not only address gender-based vulnerability – they must seek to be gender transformative. What can we learn from good practice examples of programmes where gender equality outcomes have been sought and secured?

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This paper seeks to summarise the best approaches for designing, implementing, and monitoring Integrated Conservation and Development Projects. It provides an annotated bibliography for field practitioners and technical advisors whose projects utilise diverse interventions to achieve sustainable development goals.

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