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A Free Resilience Building Guide

This guidance document is meant to support practitioners working in disaster prone contexts to develop and implement more effective integrated resilience programming. It promotes programming that cuts across different fields of work like rights awareness, food security, emergency preparedness, livelihoods, education, health etc. whilst at the same time encouraging us to work simultaneously at the individual, household, community and national level.

It includes specific recommendations for developing resilience programming for communities prone to floods, cyclone, drought and earthquakes. It also includes recommendations to develop safe school programming to help reduce the impact of disasters on school infrastructure, ensure education continuity and build the resilience of students, teachers and their families.

Section 2 of this document introduces ActionAid’s Human Rights Based Approach to resilience, closely followed in Section 3 by an introduction to ActionAid’s Resilience Framework.

In Section 4, ActionAid’s participatory tools used under its Reflection Action Approach are presented. This is followed, in Section 5, with Resilience Frameworks on four different disaster types: flood, cyclone, earthquake and drought.

In addition to these four disaster types, the guidance document also draws on ActionAid’s experience working on disaster risk reduction in schools and incorporates a School Safety Framework which outlines activities that will help ensure children in high risk disaster areas can continue to access education and schools safely. Before introducing the different frameworks, Section 5 will explain how they have been developed as part of an extensive validation process. It also provides positive stories of how communities have benefitted from ActionAid’s interventions and made them more resilient.

You can download this guide for free here.

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