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Resilience handbook

A Guide to Integrated Resilience Programming


Resilience-building responds to the increasingly complex realities faced by communities. Taking a holistic view, resilience building not only views disaster, conflict and climate change as threats to human rights and development; it widens the focus to include other shocks, stresses and threats such as natural resource degradation, epidemics, political oppression and economic crises. As a concept, it promotes a rounded analysis of the issues and an integrated approach to dealing with them.

The Resilience Handbook aims to help us think, plan and implement our work in a way that helps to reduce people’s vulnerability and to build their resilience to a range of hazards, shocks, stresses and threats. It provides programme and policy staff with a framework for resilience that can be applied in different programme environments by offering guidance, tools and resources to support resilience-building programmes. It includes principles of effective programming, good-practice examples, tools and resources to build and enhance resilience.

It promotes the development of integrated resilience programming that includes work on:

  • Women’s rights and leadership
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Natural resource management
  • Humanitarian response and recovery
  • Accountable and inclusive governance