The RISE portfolio aims to strengthen resiliency in communities and governments in selected, somewhat adjoining areas of Burkina Faso and Niger. The portfolio consists of a diversity of projects and programs with different aims, objectives, mandates, approaches, funding levels, and durations. The physical, political, and economic environment in these areas can be unpredictable, and vulnerability and exposure to risks are often high. To protect the investment and to mitigate potential risks, and operational strategy for shock response has been developed. Although there are numerous important potential and real shocks in the RISE zone, the operational strategy focuses on two different potential physical shocks: droughts and floods (with some emphasis also on prices of food).