Knowledge Matters – Community Resilience: experiences and learning

Welcome to the latest edition of Knowledge Matters, published in December 2017. This edition focuses on Concern’s experience in building the resilience of vulnerable people across some of our most challenging programme contexts.

Tcharow Comite Communautaire d'Action discuss the results of the vote on impact and frequency of hazards in order to prioritise the most important ones in Sila Region, Chad. Photo: Dom Hunt / Concern Worldwide.
Tcharow Comite Communautaire d'Action discuss the results of the vote on impact and frequency of hazards in order to prioritise the most important ones in Sila Region, Chad. Photo: Dom Hunt / Concern Worldwide.

Issue editor, Kate Golden expains what underpins this edition of Knowledge Matters:

Building community resilience is central to Concern’s core mission to save lives and end extreme poverty, and we have committed to scale up our community resilience programming significantly by 2020. To do this, we have had to more clearly define what Concern means by community resilience, decide where we will focus our efforts, and identify what learning we can build on and share.

The issue starts with an overview of how Concern Understands Community Resilience and goes on to share learning emerging from our programmes across the drylands of the Sahel and East Africa including Chad, Sudan, Niger, Kenya and Somalia as well as the more flood and earthquake-affected areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. It shares new programme models and tools being used by Concern such as the Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition Surge Approach and the Flood Resilience Measurement Tool. Finally, our approach to influencing overarching political systems and stakeholders to build resilience of the most vulnerable is outlined.

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