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Talking Point - Thinking about 'Resilience'

Writing a business case or contributing to a policy brief? Want to know more about 'resilience' and struggling to find relevant material quickly? Evidence on Demand is launching a series of resources to help understand how 'resilience' can be applied in practice, and to support a dialogue within DFID and wider on this complex concept, which touches all aspects of development. Take a look at this Prezi guiding you around the series of resources - and get involved in pushing this further.


With the resources, you will find a collation of examples, best reads, definitions, lessons learned and signposts to other detailed material and evidence covering: disaster risk reduction, risk management and financing, and social protection and climate resilience.
The resources are not intended to be definitive guides...or to stop here... Rather they offer entry points for you to find your way to the thinking, contacts or examples that you might need to support your work. We know that people are time constrained and these materials have been collated and presented in bite sized chunks for ease of use. If you need to find information quickly then this suite of resources could be for you.
New topics will be added soon, looking at resilient infrastructure design and delivery, and outcomes of the dialogues that follow will also be shared.

Why these resources are helpful

We cover the latest thinking on resilience. Some of this is contradictory and some is work in progress - it is there to stimulate, stretch and provide food for thought, helping you to find out what has worked well, and where. Material included has been recommended by DFID peers but we have also consulted with other resilience thinkers and practioners about what they would recommend.

What's included?

We've started with a set of resilience materials focused on "hot topics" that have been identified by advisers in the UK Department for International Development (DFID). They include:

Resource 1: What is resilience?

This provides a good reference point for anyone new to the subject or for those who have some understanding but want a quick refresh. It covers the history of resilience, definitions and frameworks, who is doing what, recommended reads and a useful glossary of terms.

Resource 2: Risk Management and Risk Financing

Use this resource to explore and find out about: risk management; the rationale for assessing risk; multi-hazard disaster risk assessments (MDHRAs); vulnerability and capacity assessment (VCAs); examples of MDHRAs and VCAs; tools to facilitate risk assessment; early warning systems; predicting and anticipating change; adaptive social protection systems.

Perhaps you want to know about risk financing? This resource also covers: ex-ante financial instruments for disaster response and recovery; examples of parametric insurance on DFID and other programmes; lessons learnt from insurance programmes (particularly index-based insurance); challenges and constraints to risk financing; and UK commitments on risk financing and DFID's future direction.

Resource 3: Measuring Resilience

Here you can read more about why we might want to measure resilience and different approaches to how resilience is being measured; review some of the guidelines available in this emerging and contested space; explore and link to some DFID examples; review some of the key messages that were emerging; find out about early action and whether it is cost effective.

Resource 4: Social Protection and Climate Resilience

This will appeal to those interested in mainstreaming climate issues into their social protection programmes and policies. It's based on feedback from social protection programmes in Asia and Africa and you will find real-life examples of climate-smart interventions including scalable and flexible weather-triggered mechanisms plus ideas on how to access climate finance. A signposted bibliography at the end provides easy access to the latest reading materials on this topic.

Resource 5: Risk informed infrastructure design and delivery

coming soon....

Get involved

This is just the beginning. The resources will be updated as new thinking and materials emerge. We welcome your voice, input and additions. Please join in the conversation. If you have comments or additional materials that you think should be added please comment under the Prezi or get in touch: cathy.shaw@evidenceondemand.org

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