The DFID-funded four-year Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) programme aims 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. The programme comprises 15 field-based resilience-building projects across 13 countries in the Sahel, East Africa and Asia. The programme dedicated Knowledge Manager (KM) is tasked with generating and consolidating learning about which actions work best to strengthen community resilience to climate extremes and disasters in a variety of contexts.
Itad is a core consortium member of the KM for BRACED, generating programme-wide evidence to support learning through designing and implementing the BRACED MEL system. The system provided an overarching framework that was broad enough to unify evidence at the programme-level, but nimble-enough to address the complexity of resilience, and the variety of contexts, project activities and focal areas. The complex, multi-strand evaluation focused evaluations at different levels, to generate evidence from implementation to project and programme level. Our innovative approach included: evaluative monitoring; realist mid-term and final evaluations; an evaluation of the related World Bank’s Adaptive Social Protection programme drawing on contribution analysis; and an evaluation of the application of DFID’s Providing Humanitarian Assistance for Sahel Emergencies (PHASE) contingency funding mechanism for BRACED projects.
Our work has broken new ground in resilience measurement. Through our work we translated the concept of resilience into practice, devised ways of measuring resilience and the likelihood of transformation and identified four core processes that underpin resilience building and that lay the foundations for sustainable change. The key messages from the BRACED programme have informed other large-scale resilience programmes, as well as the UN Climate Change Summit 2019.
Visit the BRACED website to find out more about the programme.Image © Tuareg and Shigini during Cure Salee, In-Gall, Niger. Photo Credit: Alfred Weidinger