A female farmer walks with a group of cattle.
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Introducing ResilienceLinks: A New Knowledge Platform for Global Resilience

By Courtney Meyer

Resilience—the ability to manage through crisis without compromising future well-being—is increasingly recognized as an essential part of global development. Droughts, flooding, severe price fluctuations, and other shocks and crises threaten hard-won development gains and cost millions of dollars in humanitarian assistance each year. As a changing climate makes extreme weather events more intense and unpredictable, it is more urgent than ever that we understand how to effectively build individual, household, and community resilience.

That’s why we’re excited to announce the launch of USAID’s ResilienceLinks, a new global knowledge platform for resilience practitioners. With resources and event announcements from USAID, as well as other donors and implementers, ResilienceLinks is a premier source of information, coordinating with and complementing other platforms. The platform features:

  • Evidence and analysis: Browse reports, studies, analyses, and other resources from resilience practitioners around the world. Search by topic or country to learn more about resilience building within these contexts, and contribute evidence.
  • World map: Navigate the map and explore resources for resilience-focused countries and all countries working on building resilience and resilience capacities.
  • Resilience topics overview: Get an overview of how sectors and topics like water, health, social inclusion, livelihood diversification, gender, and many more intersect with and impact resilience.
  • Events and training: Stay up to date on upcoming resilience-focused events and training.

To build global resilience, resilience practitioners around the world need to share learning and knowledge. Evidence and data on what works and why it works will lead to more efficient, effective, and quick ways to build global resilience. Knowing what works best in a given context and how to adapt that approach to other contexts is key to supporting those goals. The knowledge base on Resiliencelinks.org already includes many important findings, such as:

  • Evidence from Bangladesh shows that removing capital constraints to migration can have positive impacts on seasonal hunger and well-being.
  • Mercy Corps examined the role of gender and social inclusion in understanding vulnerability and resilience and identified several best practices, including partnering with local organizations that focus on often-excluded groups; incorporating the perspectives of often-excluded persons in program design, governance, and decision-making; and providing gender equity and social inclusion training for program and partner staff.
  • Bonding social capital and community groups are important drivers of resilience. USAID/Zimbabwe undertook a resilience measurement initiative to determine what makes a group effective and sustainable.

The Climatelinks community has an opportunity to contribute to the evidence base on ResilienceLinks. Explore the resources, country profiles, and topics, and contribute resources and events!

Strategic Objective
Adaptation, Conflict and Governance, Disaster Risk Management, Health, Resilience, Self-Reliance, Training, Water and Sanitation
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Courtney Meyer

Courtney Meyer is the knowledge management and learning specialist for the Center of Resilience at USAID’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security. She translates research and knowledge into impact and outcomes. Previously, she worked with the HarvestPlus program at the International Food Policy Research Institute to scale crop biofortification, and the nongovernmental organization Helen Keller International on holistic efforts preventing malnutrition.

Courtney graduated with distinction with a M.Sc. in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London, England). She holds a B.A. (Honors) in Economics and Management and International Studies from Albion College in Michigan.

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