CARE Bangladesh strategy to disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation

Bangladesh is a country that is no stranger to natural disasters and Bangladeshis are known worldwide for their resilience. However, being truly resilient to disasters is not automatic and it needs to be approached thoughtfully and consistently across all that we do as otherwise the gains made by people can be quickly eroded and place them even further behind.

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Reaching Resilience

CARE Bangladesh Strategy to Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

The purpose of this strategy is to set the course of actions for CARE Bangladesh to ensure that its work contributes to building the resilience of its impact populations’ shocks and stresses. While they considered various definitions, they finally settled on the following:

Resilience is the capacity of communities, local and central government, and systems to absorb, adapt to, and recover from natural and manmade shocks and stresses and transform in ways that reduce vulnerability and facilitate environmentally sustainable growth, particularly for poor households, women and girls.

CARE Bangladesh’s approach to resilience-building is comprehensive, encompassing interventions to build both the human/social capital and asset base of its impact populations (marginalized women, extreme rural poor, and marginalized urban poor), while promoting more diverse and resilient livelihood strategies and building capacity to manage natural disasters.