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Supporting local communities in developing countries to strengthen their resilience to climate change and other external factors
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How can index insurance help smallholder farmers? Check out this infographic | CCAFS:

How can index insurance help smallholder farmers? Check out this infographic | CCAFS: | Building community resilience | Scoop.it
A new report by CGIAR shows how index insurance could help millions of smallholder farmers fight back against climate change. This new infographic shares some of the findings. Find out how it's making a difference in to farmers and livestock-herders countries like Kenya, Mongolia, and India!
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This webpage contains links to other resources on insurance for smallholder farmers.

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Improving Community Resilience to Climate Change: Insights from Pakistan

Improving Community Resilience to Climate Change: Insights from Pakistan | Building community resilience | Scoop.it
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This blog highlights research in Pakistan that investigated the capacity of various communities to respond to the impacts of climate change. The study founds that resilience is influenced by a wide range of factors, namely access to resources and infrastructure, access to information, community co-operation, efficacy, and the perception of risk attached to the change or action.

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Local First In Practice: Unlocking the power to get things done

Local First In Practice: Unlocking the power to get things done | Building community resilience | Scoop.it
Local First is an initiative that promotes prioritizing the views and leadership of local people and organizations in the countries affected by specific issues over those of outsiders from the inte...
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From the book abstract:

The term ‘local’ in the study is used to signify “entity whose ideas, capacity and resources drive the process and are integral to its success”. The book chronicles best practices from all over the world that are designed to guide international aid organizations and practitioners to operate in a more ‘locally led’ way.


The study is summarized in four themes that are designed to help development actors operate in a way that the book identifies as ‘locally led”:

  • Theme 1: Identifying and supporting local capacity
  • Theme 2: Listening to local voices to develop responses and approaches
  • Theme 3: Using funding mechanisms that enable rather than distort local entities
  • Theme 4: Supporting local actors to work together to achieve greater impact
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Scaling up community green developments: A learning exchange | SNV World

Scaling up community green developments: A learning exchange | SNV World | Building community resilience | Scoop.it

This learning event highlighted some of the experiences of the REDD+ Energy and Agriculture Programme in Asia and Africa on critical enabling conditions for scaling up community green development.

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ALNAP | From the Municipality Up: Engaging Local Government in Urban Humanitarian Response

This webinar on 25 November 2014 will present the experiences of two organizations who have engaged with urban municipal governments in Syria and the Philippines.

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For more information and to register please visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1160680020654182657

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IPCCA Methodological Toolkit

IPCCA Methodological Toolkit | Building community resilience | Scoop.it

This toolkit presents a practical methodology for developing and facilitating local climate assessments by indigenous peoples and practical examples to support their local
implementation.

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This initiative is part of the Indigenous Peoples' Biocultural Climate Change Assessment Initiative (IPCCA), which began to work on local assessments in 2009.


IPCCA local assessments are currently underway in a variety of biocultural systems around the world. They monitor local climatic conditions and trends and their impacts on local livelihoods and wellbeing. Cumulatively, the assessments are contributing to the systematic documentation of indigenous knowledge and practices for building evidence-based community adaptation plans.



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From Capacity.org: IPCCA local assessments ... monitor local climatic conditions and trends and their impacts on local livelihoods and wellbeing. Cumulatively, the assessments are contributing to the systematic documentation of indigenous knowledge and practices for building evidence-based community adaptation plans.

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UNDP Calls for Nominations for Equator Prize 2014 - Climate Change Policy & Practice

UNDP Calls for Nominations for Equator Prize 2014 - Climate Change Policy & Practice | Building community resilience | Scoop.it
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) launched a global call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2014, which will focus on the theme ‘local climate action.' The Equator Prize is awarded annually to community-based initiatives that tackle...
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PAEPARD: Supporting communities in building resilience through agropastoral field schools

PAEPARD: Supporting communities in building resilience through agropastoral field schools | Building community resilience | Scoop.it

This paper helps outline the history of agro-pastoral field schools in Uganda and suggests how they can be improved with a view to building the resilience of vulnerable communities and their production systems.

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The Farmer Field Schools (FFS) approach to agricultural extension was introduced by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Indonesia in 1989. The first FFS focused on improving rice yields by addressing the management of the entire ecosystem enhancing the natural enemies and the productive capacity of healthy plants.

 

The programme was subsequently expanded to African countries, where it has also been adapted to the agro-pastoralist systems. In Uganda, the focus of this report, the authors note that field school facilitators work during an entire cropping season with farmers and pastoralists, introducing and experimenting with new practices and varieties to contribute to increased productivity, resilience and improved livelihoods. 

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33 Resilient Cities Announced by Rockefeller Foundation

33 Resilient Cities Announced by Rockefeller Foundation | Building community resilience | Scoop.it

The Rockefeller Foundation recently named the first group of cities selected through its 100 Resilient Cities Challenge. Each city was asked to present a clear and compelling description of how they are approaching and planning for resilience to decrease vulnerabilities

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South Korea: Ground Zero for Food Sovereignty and Community Resilience | The Nation

South Korea: Ground Zero for Food Sovereignty and Community Resilience | The Nation | Building community resilience | Scoop.it
South Korea may be better known for its high-tech exports, but its small farmers are leading the way when it comes to food sovereignty and community agriculture.
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From the article: " Instead of being blinded by South Korean high-tech bling, our eyes should be on South Korea’s food sovereignty movement. It offers the rest of us robust alternatives to the highly consolidated, industrialized, energy-intensive and chemical-dependent globalized food systems that dominate all of our lives."

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Enabling City Volume 2: Enhancing creative community resilience

Enabling City Volume 2: Enhancing creative community resilience | Building community resilience | Scoop.it

As creative thinking redefines everyday life in urban centres, the power of place-based creative problem-solving is spreading into the suburbs, small towns, and diverse settlements of the world. With a total of 80 initiatives hailing from over 40 countries, Volume 2 celebrates the efforts of everyday communities as they respond to the challenges and opportunities of urbanization, and the issues influencing larger ecological, economic, and emancipatory trends worldwide.

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This Volume is free to download as a PDF (http://enablingcity.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/EC-Vol2-Eng-FINAL-WEB.pdf) or online at http://issuu.com/enablingcity/docs/ec2-en/3?e=0

(based on a Creative Comons Attribution-NonCommercial- No Derivative licence)

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Building Resilience: Adaptive strategies for vulnerable coastal livelihoods | SEA Change CoP

This report explores potential paths of resilience in relation
to future climate change for the most at-risk coastal
livelihood systems in the central region of Viet Nam

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INTRAC's new blended learning course on monitoring and evaluation (Feb-April 2014)

Do you need to build effective monitoring and evaluation into project and programme work for both accountability and learning? This programme will strengthen your skills in supporting the monitoring and evaluation of projects and programmes from programme design through to evaluation.

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To learn more about the course or download an application form please go to:  http://www.intrac.org/events.php?action=event&id=476#sthash.JppxUZO3.dpuf

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To learn more about the course or download an application form please go to:  http://www.intrac.org/events.php?action=event&id=476#sthash.JppxUZO3.dpuf

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Massive Open Online Course - Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate | UNCC:LEARN

Massive Open Online Course - Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate | UNCC:LEARN | Building community resilience | Scoop.it

This MOOC enhances knowledge and skills for tackling complex issues such as resilience and transformation, sustainable development, ecosystem management, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and how they can be operationalized.

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The course takes place from 12 January to 10 April 2015. Lectures will be available through videos as well as online documents and will be geared for students who may not have access to high speed internet.

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Profs publish book with steps to raise community resilience - ArchONE

Profs publish book with steps to raise community resilience - ArchONE | Building community resilience | Scoop.it
The book, “Planning for Community Resilience,” shows how communities can lower their risks from physical and social hazards by assessing their vulnerabilities and creating a plan to address them. Resilience, the authors point out, depends on planning that considers all populations in the community.
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FAO Working Paper on Land and Local Knowledge - Land Policy & Practice

FAO Working Paper on Land and Local Knowledge - Land Policy & Practice | Building community resilience | Scoop.it

The working paper. 'Territorial Development and Local Knowledge Systems' argues that agricultural development efforts should support the practical integration of different knowledge systems in various areas and sectors of agriculture to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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The paper starts by discussing some basic concepts around knowledge, land and territory, and approaches to knowledge system processes as they relate to agricultural stakeholder rights.


The authors then explore how to put in place innovative and inclusive participatory processes for engaging local knowledge users in order to diversify knowledge use and support sustainable natural resource management.
 
The authors argue that when external natural resource governance mechanisms are imposed on local knowledge systems without the meaningful involvement of local stakeholders, then cultural erosion and often a parallel loss of biodiversity is more likely to occur. This, they note, requires adopting a “rights-based approach” to protect the knowledge systems that have sustained indigenous until now. 


In a final chapter, the authors discuss three practical cases of “effective, inclusive and participatory territorial development,” from Angola, Ghana, Mozambique.

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CCAFS baseline survey data and materials | CCAFS: CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

CCAFS baseline survey data and materials | CCAFS: CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security | Building community resilience | Scoop.it
Household baseline materials include questionnaires, implementation and training manuals as well as data entry and analysis systems, as well as reports from the benchmark sites.
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Baseline data from household and village surveys carried out in East and West Africa, and South Asia, studies is accessible free of charge from the CCAFS website. A number of related research articles are also available.

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Ebola, tsunamis and droughts — how gender inequality undermines community resilience | Devex

Ebola, tsunamis and droughts — how gender inequality undermines community resilience | Devex | Building community resilience | Scoop.it

Up to three out of four people who contract the deadly Ebola virus are women. Nearly two out of three people who died in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami were female. And women in Mali are widely seen as bearing the greatest burden during times of hardship and crisis.

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This article highlights some of the main conclusions of a study by MercyCorps exploring how gender roles determine the impact of disease, outbreaks, natural disasters and other emergencies, and undermine community resilience. Based on Mercy Corps experience in the Sahel, the report recommends "three interdependent pathways to empowerment" that increase women and girls' access to and control of financial, human and social capital.


The full report is available on Mercy Corps’ gender and resilience research.

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Knowledge is power: unlocking the potential for science and technology to enhance community resilience through knowledge exchange

Knowledge is power: unlocking the potential for science and technology to enhance community resilience through knowledge exchange | Building community resilience | Scoop.it

This paper published by ODI, UK, analyses how formal scientific learning can support decision-making processes amongst people at risk from natural hazards and human-induced disasters and those trying to support them.

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Big data, communities and ethical resilience: A framework for action

Big data, communities and ethical resilience: A framework for action | Building community resilience | Scoop.it
How could communities make better use of big data to enhance their resilience?
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Developed by members of PopTech, a network of innovators, the aim of this framework is to address some of the risks associated with the collection and use of community-level data, with a focus on the often overlooked issue of ethics. The goal is to generate "... original ideas on how communities can more appropriately sense, analyze and utilize data, while respecting the autonomy and privacy of community members."

The paper can be downloaded at: http://poptech.org/system/uploaded_files/66/original/BellagioFramework.pdf

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Tomorrow's Peacebuilders 2013: meet the winners | Insight on Conflict

Tomorrow's Peacebuilders 2013: meet the winners | Insight on Conflict | Building community resilience | Scoop.it

In 2013, Peace Direct launched Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders, a competition to find the best emerging local peacebuilding organisations in conflict-affected countries. We received 244 applications from 54 countries and we awarded four winners.

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Assessing climate change vulnerability and its effects on food security: Testing new tools in Tanzania | CCAFS: CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

Assessing climate change vulnerability and its effects on food security: Testing new tools in Tanzania | CCAFS: CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security | Building community resilience | Scoop.it

The toolkit provided below is a step-by-step manual for researchers and local actors to work together, to identify the main climate impacts affecting a community’s livelihoods and food security. It was developed by the Institute of Development Studies and Bioversity International based on a tool used by GIZ in Mexico.

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Research - Policy Research Report: Localizing Development: Does Participation Work?

Research - Policy Research Report: Localizing Development: Does Participation Work? | Building community resilience | Scoop.it

This Policy Research Report (World Bank, November 2012) analyzed community development and decentralization projects and found that such projects often fail to be sensitive to complex contexts – including social, political, historical and geographical realities – and fall short in terms of monitoring and evaluation systems, which hampers learning.

Citing numerous examples, including projects and programs supported by the World Bank, the authors demonstrate that participatory projects are not a substitute for weak states, but instead require strong central support to be effective.

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The full text is available for download at the followink link: http://go.worldbank.org/EIZBM7KPS0

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Smallholder farmers in Cameroon nearly ready for REDD+ — with a bit of help

Smallholder farmers in Cameroon nearly ready for REDD+ — with a bit of help | Building community resilience | Scoop.it

A recent study of two villages in Cameroon indicates that smallholder farmers there are not far from having the capacity to make REDD+ projects work in their communities.

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An excerpt from CIFOR's Forests News Blog:

"The UN-backed REDD+ program assigns financial value to carbon stored in trees, creating an incentive to leave them standing.  REDD+ is still in preliminary stages — referred to as the “readiness phase”, and scientists are involved in monitoring various pilot projects around the world sponsored mainly by international development funds. However, research shows that successes occur in projects that build upon existing local knowledge and skills."

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Landscape Measures Resource Center

Landscape Measures Resource Center | Building community resilience | Scoop.it

The Landscape Measures Initiative (LMI), one of Ecoagriculture Partners’ flagship programs, is aimed at assessing, planning and tracking multistakeholder landscape initiatives.

 

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The LMI website provides access to a database of practical  indicators for difficult-to-measure ecosystem services, with the aim of enhancing communication between local communities and technical service providers. The indicators focus on biodiversity and ecosystem service conservation, agricultural production (crops, livestock, fisheries, forest) and local livelihood security.

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