Webinar - Caisses de résilience

Webinar - Caisses de résilience


Speaker: Alexis Bonte, FAO, Regional Emergency Coordinator for Africa region and currently FAO Representative a.i. in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and
Alberto Bigi, Resilience and Disaster Risk Management Expert, FAO sub-regional office for Mesoamerica in Panama

Moderator: Sylvie Wabbes, Emergency and Rehabilitation Officer, FAO

Background: Sustainable development cannot be achieved without resilient livelihoods. Men and women around the world are increasingly exposed to natural hazards and crises, from drought, floods, earthquakes and disease epidemics to conflict, market shocks and complex, protracted crises. Given the multi-sectoral character of shocks and stressors and their effects on livelihoods, cross-sectoral solutions as well as coordination and coherence are needed to build resilience.

Since 2007, FAO has piloted in Uganda, together with its partners, a community-driven approach, called “Caisses de Résilience” (CdR), which reflects a new way of thinking for FAO’s resilience agenda. The approach promotes an integrated way of programming by working simultaneously on three mutually reinforcing dimensions: technical, financial and social. The objective is to engage and empower rural smallholders to leverage their existing capacities to better manage risks and to seize local opportunities. The combination of the three dimensions has shown to have a multiplier effect in the livelihoods of men and women farmers and pastoralists through the accumulation and diversification of income as well as household and community assets, two key sources for increasing livelihood resilience. As such, the approach enables vulnerable households to address root causes of vulnerabilities and to help them to be resilient to potential shocks. 

The webinar will present the basic concepts of the 'Caisses de résilience' and highlight the adaptability of this approach in order to tailor resilience-building to varying contexts and challenges, from protracted crisis to natural hazards. It will give concrete examples of implementation and scaling-up in a number of African countries, from Uganda to Central African Republic, Liberia, Malawi, Mali and Chad, and recently also in Burundi, Guinea Bissau, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Democratic Republic of Congo. The session will also illustrate how the approach was adapted in 2013 in Honduras and Guatemala to address the natural hazards context of the Dry Corridor area in Central America with an initiative called “Fondos Mutuos de Contingencia (FMC)” (or Community Contingency Funds, CCFs).

Key words / Areas of interest: Resilience to shocks and crises, household food security, agriculture livelihoods, social protection, nutrition, gender, farmer and pastoralist field schools, climate change adaptation, financial inclusion, Africa, Central America, good practices, knowledge sharing; Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala, Guinea Bissau, Honduras, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Senegal, Uganda.

When: 7 July 2016

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