Building resilience to natural disasters

DFID has taken a well-considered approach to mainstreaming resilience to natural disasters, and has helped to promote the inclusion of resilience into the global development agenda.

Score: Green/Amber
  1. Status: Completed
  2. Published: 28 February 2018
  3. Type: Performance review
  4. Subject: Climate change and biodiversity, Humanitarian assistance
  5. Assessment: Green/Amber
  6. Location: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Nepal, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Uganda
  7. Lead commissioner: Richard Gledhill
  8. SDGs covered:No poverty, Sustainable cities and communities, Climate action, Industry, innovation and infrastructure

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Our approach

This review assesses the effectiveness of DFID’s approach to building resilience. It analyses how well DFID conducted its resilience mainstreaming process and how its programmes are contributing to building resilience.

We focus on six country case studies: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Nepal, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Uganda. We also look at DFID’s influencing activities and partnerships, and assess whether results monitoring and learning are helping to improve its work.

Review questions

The review sought to answer these questions:

  1. Relevance: Does DFID have a coherent approach to building resilience to natural disasters?
  2. Effectiveness: How effectively is DFID supporting the implementation of disaster resilience?
  3. Learning: How well is DFID learning in its resilience to natural disasters work?



Published 13 Jun 2017

Evidence gathering


Review publication

Published 28 February 2018

Government response

Published 11 April 2018

Parliamentary scrutiny

IDC hearing 23 May 2018

ICAI follow-up

Published 18 July 2019