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Climate change is increasing the incidence, frequency and magnitude of natural disasters and exacerbating the vulnerability of many countries and communities. It is therefore essential to enhance resilience and the capacity to adapt to a changing climate, above all for the poor who are the most affected. Photo © C&S Northway

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Website: Global Resilience Partnership

Contact: hmcleod@kpmg.co.ke

The Global Resilience Partnership is a public-private initiative convened by the Rockefeller Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). With US$ 160 million in contributions – including a recent US$ 10 million commitment from Zurich Insurance Group – the Partnership is committed to fostering resilience at scale and transforming humanitarian and development assistance.

The Global Resilience Partnership focuses on building resilience across the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, and South and Southeast Asia – three regions that are particularly susceptible to chronic stresses and extreme shocks and caught in cycles of humanitarian crises that make it hard to maintain hard-won development gains.

Why the Global Resilience Partnership

Natural and manmade disasters and shocks are multiplying, and the effects of climate change combined with population growth means more people stand in harm’s way, with the poor on the front lines. The statistics are alarming:

  • The number of reported disasters has nearly tripled since 1980.
  • The collective cost of climate change disasters is estimated at US$ 200 billion every year.
  • In 2011 and 2012, 23 million people in the Sahel and Horn of Africa were affected by food insecurity due to drought.
  • Over 400 million people in Asia are expected to be vulnerable to flooding by 2025.

Shocks like droughts and typhoons are not always preventable, but the degree of destruction and devastation can be reduced and managed with meaningful investments in preparedness and adaptation.

While there are many actors helping to respond to immediate crises, these interventions have traditionally focused on relief and rebuilding, or on longer-term development, without planning for unforeseen events. As a result, significant development spending is lost to recurrent crises.

The focus needs to shift towards bridging humanitarian and development efforts to build resilience against a range of future threats. This requires working in partnership with regional and local stakeholders to coordinate resources and engage new actors. The Resilience Partnership will help drive a shared global resilience agenda, where humanitarian and development planning is better aligned.

Through a network of regional hubs, the Resilience Partnership aims to identify and scale innovative solutions that are tailored to local needs, by:

  • Identifying critical capacity gaps
  • Catalyzing alliances across all sectors
  • Enabling regional and global learning
  • Creating tools to help measure, visualize and predict resilience needs
  • Designing flexible financial mechanisms, such as micro-finance and risk insurance

Global Resilience Challenge

The Resilience Partnership is committed to utilizing innovative methods to reveal and harness new solutions to resilience issues from both the usual and new innovators. In this respect, one of the Resilience Partnership’s first initiatives is the Global Resilience Challenge, launched in September 2014. The response was overwhelming: nearly 500 applications were received.

The eight winning teams have been announced, and they are focusing on building resilience in some of the most vulnerable communities in the world. The solutions presented by the winning teams demonstrate how the Resilience Partnership challenged teams to think differently about old problems, using a resilience mindset.

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