Contributing to Strengthening Resilience in Disaster and Recovery Responses

Session Number: 1824
Track: Disaster & Emergency Management Evaluation
Session Type: Roundtable
Tags: development cooperation, humanitarian, Resilience, theory-driven evaluation, World Food Programme
Session Facilitator: Deborah McWhinney [Senior Evaluation Officer - World Food Programme]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Mark Gordon [Chief, Asset Creation and Livelihoods Unit, Policy and Programme Division - World Food Programme]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Ben Murphy [Senior Consultant - Itad]
Time: Nov 15, 2019 (02:15 PM - 03:15 PM)
Room: CC 200 F

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Globally, there has been a growing number of protracted crises for which purely humanitarian solutions do not go far enough, as well as recurrent crises that could be better mitigated. Efforts by USAID, DFID, Mercy Corps, Oxfam and others to apply the concept of resilience to better integrate programming across the humanitarian-development nexus and new innovations to promote and protect development gains are grounded in this approach. The increasing frequency, severity and negative impacts of shocks due to climate change, global economic interdependence and volatility, conflict and protracted crises fundamentally undermine initiatives to achieve the SDGs. As a large actor in humanitarian response, the World Food Programme has been working to strengthen the capacity of women, men, boys and girls to anticipate, adapt, absorb and transform in the face of shocks. However, there is uncertainty whether the resilience of individuals can be strengthened in situations of instability or crisis.