Addressing gender and social barriers to resilience: Measuring and leveraging household decision making for resilience
Audrey Anderson, Technical Program Director for the BRIGE Program, Mercy Corps
The concept of resilience is catching on among humanitarian and development actors seeking to help individuals, households, and communities prepare for, adapt to, and recover from severe shocks and stresses. Many organizations are recognizing that individuals’ resilience capacities and vulnerabilities differ significantly and are shaped by their gender, class, caste, ethnicity, marital status, and other forms of social identity. What lessons can we learn from efforts so far that aim to address gender and social barriers to resilience?
Join us for a discussion on new approaches to promote gender-equitable resilience in practice. This seminar will bring a focus on how three organizations are working to study and shift intra-household decision-making dynamics to strengthen resilience. Presentations will draw on research and programmatic learning from IFPRI’s Gender, Climate, and Nutrition (G-CAN) Initiative and new project-level Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (pro-WEAI), Mercy Corps’ Building Resilience through the Integration of Gender and Empowerment (BRIGE) program, and Save the Children’s Livelihoods, Agriculture, Health Interventions in Action (LAHIA) Program. We also welcome Tom Spangler, consortium lead for USAID’s Resilience Evaluation, Analysis and Learning (REAL) award, to introduce our discussion with insights from REAL.
Photo credit: Jamed Falik/IFPRI