Re: Addressing food insecurity in protracted crises: Resilience-building programming

Rachel Scott OECD, France

Hi Malcolm and other participants

Just to let everyone know that we had a really fascinating meeting of the Experts Group on Risk and Resilience at the OECD yesterday. The group brings together donors, UN agencies, think tanks, NGOs, the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement and the OECD.  At the meeting we presented a number of papers:

What does "resilience" mean for donors? – clarifying what resilience means in practice 

What are the right incentives to help donors support resilience? – Investigating the role of incentives (and disincentives) in encouraging coherent donor support for resilience

How should donors communicate about risk and resilience? – Guidance on good practice on communicating about risks, opportunities and the results achieved from resilience programming 

Joint risk analysis – the first step in resilience programming – Adapting the G20/OECD methodological framework for disaster risk assessment for resilience programming

From good idea to good practice – options to make resilience work – Building on what has been learnt so far, a set of options to help ensure that resilience becomes an integral part of donor programming

The papers are supported by a major study that has involved case studies in Niger and the Philippines. 

The meeting agreed that there are a few things we need to get on with now:

(1) Advocacy around the post-2015 processes (2) developing simple guidelines for country teams, (3) piloting a joint risk assessment (including some more work on how to measure resilience), and (4) embedding resilience in donor processes, including through the use of a data marker.

The group is also strongly interested at looking at more work on extensive risk (the lower intensity, more frequent events); resilience of the private sector at local level; risk transfer/risk financing options; the governance of risk - which risks should be owned by households, which by communities and which by states?; and transferring lessons from OECD countries, the private sector (eg business continuity planning) and the military.

If anyone would like to become a member of the virtual group, where we share experiences and lessons, please email me at The papers will be published very soon too - at