What can you learn?
During the two day training, students learn how to assess the resilience of their community as well as how to make a resilience development plan for their community.
Another workshop can be organized later to review the work of the participants in their communities and share their experiences.
To make a resilience assessment, you have first to list the critical functions of the community, what makes it viable and enjoyable. Then you have to assess the risks that may threaten these functions: natural hazards of course, but also climate change, food insecurity, economic crisis, conflict over resources, soil impoverishment …
Resilience development plan.
Resilience has components, and whenever they are integrated, the community is more resilient. For example : the diversity of the crops that are grown makes the community less vulnerable to a pest that may affect one type of crop. The feedback sensitivity, to the level of the water table for example, allow the the community to be aware of a forthcoming water shortage. The capacity for adaptation, for example because people have access to knowledge and tools, gives the capacity to change practices. The plan must help the community to manage risks, to adapt to change, to secure sufficient food and to move out of poverty. All this makes a community more resilient.
Resilience in the logical frame
Resilience is becoming more and more important for development organizations as well as institutional donors. We teach how to include this element in project designs and in fundraising strategies.
OPEN SPACE WORKSHOP
As an example, have a look at the workshop held with Environment actors in Burundi in 2014 (in French)