Building resilience to natural disasters

Disaster Resilience – defined by DFID as “the ability of countries, communities and households to manage change, by maintaining or transforming living standards in the face of shocks or stresses – such as earthquakes, drought or violent conflict – without compromising their long-term prospects” – is now a prominent concept in DFID’s strategy.

With several African countries threatened by famine and fears that climate change is increasing the frequency of extreme weather events, this is an opportune time to assess the performance of DFID’s programming on disaster resilience.

This review will assess the effectiveness of DFID’s approach to building resilience to natural disasters. It will provide Parliament and the public with the first ever independent assessment of DFID’s approach to disaster resilience, and analyse whether it has helped to reduce the risk of harm from natural disasters or the cost of response and recovery.

It will help generate lessons and good practices to inform the continuing development of DFID’s approach to building resilience to natural disasters.

Read the full approach here: ICAI Resilience review Approach Paper