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Resilience, or the capacity for systems to absorb shocks and rebuild themselves.

As part of the RESILIENCE project, a conference will be organized at Groupe URD headquarters from 29 to 31 October 2012, bringing together around thirty specialists in resilience-related issues. Tools to help take resilience into account more effectively in programmes, which are currently being developed, will also be presented to the public in the automn. These tools will help to disseminate the results of the last two years of research and consultations, and will make them accessible to all and usable in the field.

 RESILIENCE conference at Groupe URD headquarters

From 29 to 31 October 2012, a conference will be held at Groupe URD headquarters, bringing together experts in resilience-related issues. This event will allow certain key points to be explored, the results of the research project to be presented and the issues involved in the concept of Resilience to be debated in detail.
Resilience, or the capacity of systems to absorb shocks and subsequently rebuild themselves is the result of a broad spectrum of phenomena, on which international aid can take action: anticipation of changes (climatic risks and economic, demographic and technological changes), risk prevention and reduction, response capacity building or strategic development choices (adaptation to climate change and poverty reduction).

The conference will use the Open Space method, an approach which encourages creativity, collaboration and personal engagement and which will allow each participant to take an active role in the debates.

For more information, please contact: assistcom@urd.org

 New tools for aid professionals

Tools for aid professionals are currently being produced as part of the RESILIENCE project. The three RESILIENCE tools, which will be available by the end of 2012, will allow the results of the two years of research and consultations to be disseminated, and above all, to make them very operational, accessible to all and directly usable in the field.

The three tools will be developed using a common base: the RESILIENCE framework. This framework, organized around ten resilience keys, will allow organisations to increase their understanding of the issues related to resilience in their projects and programmes, and to organise their actions in favour of resilience.

CARE Nederland is producing a series of documentaries based on the field trips to Bolivia, Indonesia and Ethiopia; the University of Wageningen is developing a resilience handbook ; and Groupe URD is developing a “serious game” which will make it possible to explore the results of the research and the content of the handbook in a light-hearted and dynamic manner.

Users of the serious game will adopt the role of a Head of Programmes who is newly arrived in a region which has been affected by a number of natural disasters. They will meet all the stakeholders in the region to analyse their experience of risks and risk management. Based on this analysis, they will then design a project which takes into account a series of issues related to resilience. This immersion in a concrete situation will help users to appropriate the concept of resilience and how it can be applied to field projects. Once they have become familiar with the RESILIENCE framework, they will be able to use the handbook more instinctively and will have all the necessary elements to explore the issues in more depth themselves.

Read more about the research project and see the videos