At CARE we believe that increasing resilience is not an outcome that can be achieved within a specific time frame, but an ongoing process. Increasing resilience addresses geophysical, meteorological, economic, political, social, health and technical shocks and stresses and can be applied to all types of programing. Resilience reduces the drivers of risk that are at the root of all disasters and climate change impacts, and promotes an enabling environment, that works to support people to move out of poverty and reduce their vulnerability.

Increasing resilience starts with strengthening poor people’s capacities to deal with shocks and stresses, to know when they can expect shocks to occur, to manage risks, and transform their lives in response to new hazards and opportunities. At the same time, CARE works on ensuring that people have the means to prepare and respond when disasters and climate change impacts strike. We do this through strengthening financial assets, building social capital, improving infrastructure, sustainable access to natural resources, and more.

Increasing resilience is central to how CARE works, the approach is embedded across all of CAREs priority outcome areas. To support the integration of the increasing resilience approach, CARE developed a Resilience Marker: a self-assessment tool to evaluate how well resilience has been integrated into our programs. Filling out the marker, during program implementation or as part of evaluation, encourages engagement and learning about ways in which we can improve and support the effective integration of resilience in both our development and humanitarian work.

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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 and Climate Change Orientation Pack

Have you always wanted to know how you link with other practitioners in CARE who are doing similar work on resilience and climate change? Do you want to know how to access technical assistance? Are you having trouble finding resilience and climate change guidance and tools? Do you orient new staff to CARE? Then you will find the new Resilience and Climate change Orientation Pack really helpful to answer these questions and point you or colleagues in the right direction.

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.