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Building resilience

The initiative seeks to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable smallholder agriculture-dependent people in the drylands of sub-Saharan Africa. It will build on current expertise and programmes and will also provide opportunities for innovation and exchange of knowledge. Gender will be at the heart of this initiative by ensuring that resilience policies and strategies at regional, national and local levels mainstream gender, as well as take into account the differentiated needs of different age groups.

Building resilience in the drylands of Africa

Areas of operations

The initiative will focus on improving institutional capacity for resilience and responding to disasters and crises at regional ,national and community level. In addition, it strengthens and improves early warning and information management. This initiative will build on current expertise and programmes and provide opportunities for innovation, exchange of knowledge, and inclusiveness (Gender, Youth, etc.), ensuring sustainability of humanitarian and development intervention.


The Regional Initiative for resilience in Africa aims to strengthen the resilience of African livelihoods to threats and crises.

Expected results

Strengthening the institutional capacity for developing and implementing policies on resilience with a focus on, inter alia, RECs and other regional bodies; including knowledge exchange across sub-regions and within countries.

Information for action in supporting partners in vulnerability mapping and analysis through already existing initiatives such as IPC, Cadre Harmonise, joint assessments, resilience analysis to facilitate better decision making for appropriate interventions and resilience programmes.

Community level resilience building interventions articulated around social, technical and financial pillars.

Preparing to respond through supporting contingency measures (physical and financial); as well as supporting emergency response and coordination measures.