CARE’s Approach to Resilience
The world is becoming a more turbulent place, with more extreme and unpredictable impacts of a changing climate, more frequent natural hazards both large and small, and increased violent conflicts affecting more and more people. Both sudden shocks and slow onset changes and stresses further erode the livelihoods of people living in poverty, undoing development gains made in the past. Increasing resilience, therefore, has to be a core part of how CARE works everywhere, along with strengthening gender equality and promoting inclusive governance.
To overcome this, CARE aims to strengthen poor people’s capacities to deal with shocks and stresses, manage risks, and transform their lives in response to new hazards and opportunities. Simultaneously, CARE seeks to address the underlying causes of vulnerability of different groups of people, and improve the social, economic and ecological systems and structures that support them. Building resilience goes beyond the ability to recover from shocks and includes addressing the context that makes people vulnerable. That is central to CARE’s approach to increasing resilience.