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Synthesis of Global Resilience Challenge results

The Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) is a partnership of public and private organizations joining forces towards a resilient, sustainable and prosperous future for vulnerable people and places. GRP believes that resilience underpins the achievement of sustainable development in a more unpredictable world. One of the aims of GRP is to create a nurturing environment that enables great innovations to thrive, be tested and be scaled when ready. GRP provides grants to consortia of organizations working on the subject of resilience and tacking the world’s most intractable problems.

To date, GRP has commissioned two challenge rounds: a General Resilience Round, known as Round 1 (R1), and a Water Window (WW) round, through which it works with 22 projects led by 21 grantee consortia in 16 countries across sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia. Ten R1 projects were focused on transforming risks around shocks and stresses experienced across the geographies into opportunities, with the overarching objective of reaching millions of people. R1 grantees were funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Twelve WW projects were focused on building flood resilience among the most vulnerable people and places.

This synthesis stock-takes and synthesizes the progress made by the R1 projects. It looks at key outcomes and also examines progress along the four Impact Pathways, which are core to GRP’s strategy to achieve impact and reflected in the design of all projects.

These Impact Pathways are:
1. Policy influencing
2. Finance and investment
3. Innovation and scaling
4. Knowledge and partnership

The synthesis explores grantees’ narrative reporting guided by these pathways in combination with the data that the grantees reported on relevant GRP and USAID indicators. It identifies relevant outputs and outcomes and synthesizes the results under thematic areas relevant to the respective Impact Pathways and focuses on outcomes by project and across projects.

Much of the project results relate to resilience, which the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) guidance for R1 grantees defines as ‘the ability to persist in prolonged crisis, adapt to and manage risks from sudden events and to transform positively in the face of change’.