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Woman in LWR's cash for work project, part of LWR's comprehensive Resilience Plus response to drought in the Sahel.

LWR has a long history of building the resilience of vulnerable communities. Oftentimes these communities are affected by multiple shocks and stressors, such as natural disasters, conflict, and climate change and variability.

We work in close collaboration with a broad set of stakeholders — including donor organizations, peer agencies, local partners and academic institutions — to continuously learn, innovate and strengthen our approach to resilience.

What Do We Mean By Resilience?

Resilience is the capacity of a system — individuals, households, or communities — to:

  1. absorb the impacts of shocks and stressors,
  2. adapt to changing circumstances, and
  3. transform amid uncertainty.

Resilience is an approach — not a technical solution, nor a prescriptive model. It is integrated across LWR’s programs and contributes to the achievement of development objectives in vulnerable communities.

It is an approach that:

  • Complements and strengthens development interventions, as it allows us to deepend our understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by vulnerable communities.
  • Looks at the interactions between local, regional and national levels.
  • Promotes holistic responses to short-term shocks and long-term stressors.
  • Requires reflective thinking, including gender and equity considerations.
  • Is based on a process that involves short, medium and long-term actions.
  • Highlights the linkages between social and ecological factors, crucial for communities to achieve sustainable development.
Download LWR’s Approach to Resilience
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Download LWR’s Approach to Resilience: Applying Resilience in Development Practice.
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The Dynamic Resilience Wheel (DReW) is an interactive tool and visual aid designed to build and strengthen resilience technical capacity of project stakeholders and facilitate reflection and learning processes in resilience initiatives.

What Does Resilience Look Like?

Resilience in the Sahel

LWR’s Resilience Plus program is currently reaching over 300,000 people affected by food crises and vulnerable to future shortages in Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso Read more »

Measuring the Resilience of Coffee Farmers

In the face of rising temperatures, reduced growth, decreased flowering and fruiting, and coffee pests and diseases, the coffee sector must rethink its ability to withstand short-term shocks, and also transform and prepare itself for long-term change. Read more »

Exploring Trans-Boundary Resilience

This two-year project works to improve the quality of life of communities on the border of India and Nepal by strengthening their resilience to the impact of flooding from the Gandak/Narayani and Koshi River basins. Read more »