The Resilience in Action Series aims to bring development practitioners one step closer to bridging the gap between theory and practice for integrating a resilience lens in programming, answering questions such as: How does a resilience lens change the design of interventions in key sectors? How do we shift design and implementation of interventions to promote resilience-building within programs?
This brief aims to better equip practitioners and financial service providers in considering risk and resilience in financial service program design, as well as considering which meso and macro-level mechanisms can help support financial systems resilience. To move recommendations from the realm of theory to practice, we highlight the guidance questions to apply resilience thinking, and types of financial products and services that have been shown to build resilience via case studies. Design considerations are discussed throughout, and key considerations are summarized at the end of the paper.
This brief focuses on programmatic shifts at the intersection of resilience, gender equity, and social inclusion, which are essential in situations like the 2004 tsunami or extreme drought conditions. Sourced from existing literature and the growing evidence base of what works, this brief provides technical specialists and implementers, who are designing a new program or reviewing existing programs, with recommendations for how applying a resilience lens might require them to approach gender equity and social inclusion differently.
This brief examines what is required to integrate a resilience approach to Climate and Ecosystems-Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (CEDRR). This approach to promoting climate and environmental sensitivity, risk reduction, and resilience capacity-building works best when applied equally to operations, staffing, and partnerships as a foundation for an enabling environment. Adopting this approach supports adaptive program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation amidst shocks and stresses impacting communities. This framework and accompanying case studies demonstrate how a focus on resilience can promote “win-win nexus strategies”, address risk, support healthy eco-systems and sustainable livelihoods.