CORE’s resilience-based approach focuses on strengthening the capacity of vulnerable communities to influence, respond and adapt to changes in their environment, as well as recover more effectively from shocks and stressors. The project outcomes are designed to help communities mitigate complex challenges such as the negative economic impact of future disasters on their well-being through diversifying and increasing the funds available to community based organizations. Additionally, communities will be able to lead disaster risk reduction activities through the adoption of water and soil conservation techniques. Finally, improved value chain linkages and enhanced organizational capacity will help communities influence positive change in their livelihood for the long-term.
The role of social capital is a key component of CORE’s resilience approach. Strong community groups are central to unlocking the physical, environmental, human, and economic resources or capitals essential for smallholder farming communities and households in order to build resilience to shocks and stressors, especially those related to climate change and food insecurity. The project’s focus on social capital is a holistic one and includes strengthening community-based organizations, developing local capacities, and improving local engagement in decision-making processes, all critical aspects of resilience building.
This approach is in line with LWR’s resilience approach, and contributes to the exploration of three important learning themes:
- Better understanding of the role of the livelihood capitals, especially social capital, in resilience building;
- Exploring and fostering the role of engaged social change agents in the ability of communities to absorb, adapt, and potentially transform in the face of change and uncertainty; and
- Exploring the contribution of resilience to bridge the delivery of humanitarian assistance with sustainable development approaches, in order to respond more effectively to drought and food security crises in West Africa.