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Increasing Resilience Guidance Note

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.

Increasing resilience is an on-going process, not a final outcome that can be achieved within a specific time-frame. CARE’s approach towards increasing resilience, developed through a consultative process and based on past CARE work, can be summarized as: If the capacities and assets to deal with various shocks, stresses, uncertainty and change are built & supported, and if drivers of risk are reduced, and if these actions are supported by an enabling environment, then resilience is increased. Change needs to take place and be sustained in all three domains to achieve this impact.