The world is increasingly unpredictable with more people than ever facing more severe and frequent shocks and stresses related to climate change, economic and trade uncertainties, geopolitical instability and potential conflict. 100 million people are already at risk of being pushed into poverty by climate change by 2030, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, increasing to 720 million by 2050. The number of people experiencing severe food insecurity increased by over 120 million since 2014. This increase has primarily been ascribed to a combination of factors, including increases in extreme weather events and political instability.
These are overwhelming challenges but, as this report contends, adopting resilience strengthening approaches could offer a solution. A shift towards resilience-based approaches that promote diversity in all its forms, seek non-linear transformational change, enable local actors to transform their own futures and tackle distant drivers alongside local, context-specific ones, is urgently required.
Resilience is seen as a unifying concept which can bring together development and humanitarian sectors, helping to move from protracted and recurrent crises to longer-term sustainable development for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. But what is it about resilience programs that means they go beyond good, holistic development or timely humanitarian response? This report distils and illuminates the latest evidence from across the breadth of the GRP (Global Resilience Partnership) to answer that question and inform future resilience programming at a time when it is more important than ever.
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