Knowledge Matters – DRC WASH Consortium
This issue of Knowledge Matters captures the experiences and learning from the WASH Consortium, lead by Concern in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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This is a guidance paper looking at the key principles for programming for community resilience.
Concern defines community resilience as "the ability of all vulnerable households or individuals that make up a community, to anticipate, respond to, cope with, and recover from the effects of shocks, and to adapt to stresses in a timely and effective manner without compromising their long-term prospects of moving out of poverty".
Concern has developed the following nine key principles to guide fields on what to put into community resilience building programmes. If followed, they should result in a programme that builds the resilience of communities, in a manner consistent with our definition above.