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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

The Global Hunger Index (GHI), released for the eighth year by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Welthungerhilfe, and Concern Worldwide, identifies hunger levels and hot spots across 120 [...]
Author/Source: IFPRI, Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide
Country: All
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This knowledge workshop will be held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from 5th to 7th November 2013. Key organisations and institutions involved in resilience issues and food and nutrition security at [...]
Author/Source: FAO/CILSS
Country: Burkina Faso
This report is one of a series of five reports and papers that aims to give critical insights into key questions about what resilience means and how to achieve it [...]
Author/Source: Save the Children
Region: Global
Country: All
This report is the culmination of a 12 month research project examining the political, institutional and organizational barriers to responding to famine early warnings within the humanitarian system and vulnerable [...]
Author/Source: Chatham House
News - 
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and its 2020 Vision Initiative, along with partners, held an International Conference on ‘Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security’ on May 15-17, 2014, in [...]
Country: All
News - 
IFPRI and its 2020 Vision Initiative have launched a two-year global consultative policy process on ‘Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security’, with the ultimate objective to inform, influence, and [...]
Events - 
FAO and WFP hosted an Expert Consultation meeting on Resilience Measurement for Food Security on 19-21 February 2013 in Rome. The meeting was organized in partnership with the Food Security [...]
Country: Italy
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