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The benefits of community-driven development

A new paper published in the Journal of Flood Risk Management explores the costs and benefits of resilience interventions in Myanmar.


The study presents a new method for undertaking cost-benefit analysis of CDD (community-driven development) projects that combines evidence from participatory methods with more formal economic modelling. It finds that the returns to limiting the impact of regular annual flooding with small scale infrastructure and improving livelihood opportunities were much larger than the costs over this period.

Although community-planned interventions to build resilience to flooding is a relatively new area, the CDD approach is widely used in programming. This study considered flood-affected communities in Myanmar implemented as part of the BRACED (Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters) programme, funded by DFID (now FCDO).

The BRACED Myanmar Alliance was a three‐year project (2015–2018) aiming to ‘build the resilience of 350,000 people across Myanmar to climate extremes.’

The BRACED programme aimed to build the resilience of more than 5 million people vulnerable to climate extremes and disasters, and to deliver a sustained and transformational impact beyond the communities directly supported by funded projects. It comprised 15 field-based resilience-building projects across 13 countries in the Sahel, East Africa and Asia.

Itad was a core consortium member of the programme dedicated Knowledge Manager for BRACED, generating programme-wide evidence to support learning through designing and implementing the BRACED MEL system.

Read the paper.