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Designing a new programme or contributing to a policy brief? Want to know more about ‘resilience’ and struggling to find relevant material quickly? This series of materials – a live and evolving resource initiated through DFID’s Evidence on Demand service  in 2016 – aims to help understand how ‘resilience’ can be applied in practice, and to support a dialogue on this complex concept, which touches all aspects of development. Take a look at this Prezi guiding you around the series of resources:


Within 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, and understanding resilient infrastructure.

The resources are not intended to be definitive guides…or to stop here… Rather they offer entry points for readers to find their way to the thinking, contacts or examples that they might need to support their work.  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.

What’s included?

The current Resilience Resource materials focused on “hot topics” that were 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: Introducing Infrastructure Resilience

Resilience in infrastructure may be interpreted simply as the robustness of a structure, to withstand hazards. However, this introduction sets out and explains a number of interfaces at which this narrow definition could conflict with, or miss opportunities to reinforce, wider resilience within infrastructure systems, and social and community resilience.

Resource 6: Designing for Infrastructure Resilience

This resource highlights the need for a resilience-led approach to designing infrastructure projects that is fundamentally different to existing standards-led design used in many initiatives. This puts an analysis of resilience at the start of the process, at project selection stage, to assess the relations between the planned investment, its environment and users over its service life time and the (sometimes uncertain) challenges it may face through climate and disaster shocks and stresses, stressing the benefits of a focus on continuity of service.

Resource 7: Understanding Risk and Resilient Infrastructure Investment

This resource discusses the importance of understanding risk, especially future risks from climate change, in decision-making on infrastructure investment. It highlights the need to accommodate greater uncertainty and draw on data from climate modelling and presents new approaches that can facilitate this. Emphasizing the need to plan infrastructure investment in the context of wider strategic and spatial development planning, it also underlines the relevance of taking a fresh look at existing infrastructure through a resilience lens, and not limiting resilience thinking to new infrastructure only.

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