The world is becoming a more turbulent place. Sudden shocks and slow-onset changes and stresses further erode the livelihoods of people living in poverty, undoing development gains made in the past.

To overcome these challenges, CARE aims to strengthen poor people’s resilience which means their capacities to deal with shocks and stresses, manage risks, and transform their lives in response to new hazards and opportunities.

At CARE we believe that increasing resilience is not an outcome that can be achieved within a specific time frame, but an ongoing process and that changing the system and addressing the root causes of vulnerabilities and inequities are key to support people of all gender, especially women to move out of poverty and reduce their vulnerability.

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CARE Climate and Resilience Academy: Resilience online course

Increasing Resilience is one of three elements of CARE’s integrated approach,  which aims to address the underlying causes of poverty and social injustice. This course is comprised of two modules. The first on the Resilience Approach and the second on the Resilience Marker. 

Increasing Resilience: Theoretical guidance

This document provides CARE and partner staff with some theoretical direction for integrating resilience into their work. The three main areas of discussion are:

  1. The importance of increasing resilience for CARE
  2. Key elements for increasing resilience for CARE
  3. The integration of increasing resilience across the 2020 Program Strategy

Increasing Resilience: Top Learning

CARE’s Increasing Resilience framework, also outlined in the Increasing Resilience Theoretical Guidance Document, guides our work to ensure all of CARE’s programs and projects are risk-informed, and will support the increase of resilience of those who are affected or threatened by shocks and stresses.

Integrated Risk Management Explained

Climate change and ecosystem degradation place new demands on disaster risk reduction approaches. Integrated Risk Management (IRM) is an enhanced, holistic approach to increase community resilience by integrating disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and ecosystem management and restoration first used by the Partners for Resilience program. In this document, we set out CARE’s approach to IRM, explain our current thinking and the key characteristics of the approach, CARE’s Theory of Change, and how IRM links to international frameworks such as the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework

Resilience Marker

CARE’s Resilience Marker is a tool that allows teams to self-assess how well resilience has been integrated into their work. It supports CARE members, affiliates, country offices, and partners with assessing projects, programs and the overall portfolio. This process encourages engagement and learning, in particular about ways in which we can improve and support the effective integration of resilience into all our programming in accordance with contextual constraints and opportunities.