At CARE we believe that increasing resilience is not an outcome that can be achieved within a specific time frame, but an ongoing process. It addresses geophysical, meteorological, economic, political, social, health and technical shocks and stresses and can be applied to all types of programming. It focuses on strengthening of capacities and assets to deal with various shocks, stresses. Increasing resilience reduces the drivers of risk that are at the root of each disaster, 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 building the asset base, ensuring that people have the means to prepare and respond when disaster strikes. 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, whether is during design implementation or as part of evaluation, encourages engagement and learning, in particular about ways in which we can improve and support the effective integration of resilience in both our development and humanitarian work.