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Resilience Measurement

What is resilience and why measure it?

Resilience is the capacity that ensures adverse stressors and shocks do not have long-lasting adverse development consequences.

All over the world, poor people and vulnerable communities are being hit by successive shocks such as droughts, floods, earthquakes, conflicts and more recently, by food price and financial crises. The interaction of these shocks threatens food security and livelihoods in complex ways that challenge conventional approaches to providing humanitarian and development assistance. Humanitarian and development institutions are investing substantial amounts in resilience-building programmes to identify more effective strategies to help vulnerable populations deal with these challenges. Currently, most institutions engaged with resilience programming use different approaches to predict, measure and monitor resilience. However, if no clear guidelines exist on how to reliably and credibly measure resilience, decision makers will not be able to make informed choices about which resilience policies, programmes or interventions are most effective.

It is therefore essential to agree on a clear definition of resilience and specify methods and analytical tools needed to measure and rigorously evaluate results of resilience programmes.

How is the FSIN moving resilience measurement forward?

Resilience measurement Community of Practice (RM CoP)

In becoming a member of the community of practice on resilience measurement (a subset of the FSIN community of practice), you will have access and will be able to contribute to the FSIN online platform designed to share knowledge, best practices and lessons learned among members.

Join the RM CoP

Access RM CoP members’ profiles for information exchange and networking

Resilience measurement Technical Working Group (RM TWG)

The RM TWG is composed of leading experts in resilience measurement who came together to develop common analytical approaches and related guidance for field practitioners.

Their main expected tasks are to develop resilience-related diagnostic and M&E technical materials and support relevant regional and country-level initiatives as well as field practitioners.

Latest content relevant to resilience measurement

This paper provides a structured overview of the concept of resilience for use in discussions surrounding food security and nutrition. It defines resilience as the capacity that ensures adverse stressors [...]
Author/Source: John Hoddinott - IFPRI
The increase of frequent and intense shocks is considered as one of the main reasons for focusing attention and investments on building resilience for food and nutrition security. This paper [...]
Author/Source: Laura Zseleczky, Sivan Yosef - IFPRI
Climate change, population growth, conflict and food prices are contributing to a state of permanent crisis in which several poor regions find themselves. These circumstances, along with the awareness that [...]
Author/Source: Christopher B. Barrett, Derek Headey - IFPRI
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    The Third International Science and Policy Conference on the Resilience of Social and Ecological Systems, organized by the French node of the Resilience Alliance (CIRAD, the CNRS, IRSTEA and INRA) and [...]
Author/Source: CIRAD
Country: France
The Food Security Information Network supports the development and harmonization of resilience measurement methods. A technical working group composed of renowned experts was constituted to lead the identification of resilience measurement principles [...]
Author/Source: FSIN Resilience Measurement Technical Working Group
In the context of the FSIN’s work to enhance Resilience Measurement for Food Security, the related Technical Working Group had its first consultative meeting in October 2013, with the goal [...]
Author/Source: FSIN
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As recommended by an expert consultation involving over 60 stakeholders, the Food Security Information Network (FSIN) is facilitating the improvement and harmonization of resilience measurement approaches. A Resilience Measurement Technical [...]
Author/Source: FSIN
Country: Italy