UArizona, Global Resilience Partnership and U.S. Agency for International Development come together to advance resilience measurement

Over the past decade, resilience has continued to be established as an analytical, programmatic and organizing concept in development discourse and practice. With this in mind, approaches to measuring resilience have proliferated, resulting in a nascent evidence base on both the impact of resilience programming and the sources of resilience that explain why some households, communities, systems and countries fare better in the face of shocks. and stresses than others. Despite clear progress, significant challenges and gaps remain in resilience measurement and evidence. The demand for proof of resilience has also increased exponentially as conflict, Covid-19 and the accelerated impacts of climate change have reversed large-scale development gains and pushed hundreds of millions of people into levels of crisis of poverty and hunger.

On May 17-18, 2022, the University of Arizona, the Global Resilience Partnership, and the United States Agency for International Development brought together a group of 50 development experts and practitioners at the University of Arizona , DC Center for Collaboration and Outreach in Washington, DC with the goal of advancing resilience measurement and establishing a common agenda to address these challenges and fill these gaps. The panel of development experts and practitioners included representatives from USAID, the State Department’s Special Envoy for Climate, United Nations agencies, the World Bank, private foundations, universities and research institutes, NGOs, governments and regional institutions, including the Government of Kenya and the Sahelian West Africa Standing Committee for Drought Control. The agenda, the list of participants and the information documents are provided in the appendix to this report.

We would like to acknowledge the tremendous contributions of participants in the Advancing Resilience Measurement (ARM) consultation. The highly interactive consultation brought together people from diverse backgrounds and institutions to ensure that a range of viewpoints were heard. The success of the consultation and the results presented in this report reflect everyone’s willingness to engage in rich discussions and debates.

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