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Toward Resilience: A Guide to Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

Toward Resilience: A Guide to Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation   

Toward Resilience is an introductory resource for staff of development and humanitarian organizations that are working with people whose lives and rights are threatened by disasters and climate change. The guide provides

  • essential introductory information,
  • principles of effective practice,
  • guidelines for action in a range of sectors and settings,
  • case studies and
  • links to tools and resources.

Download a free PDF in English (1.6 MB)
Download a free PDF in French (4.4 MB)
Download a free PDF in Spanish (3.8 MB)
Purchase a copy from Practical Action Publishing in English, French or Spanish


Who should read this guide?

Staff of development and humanitarian organizations that are working with people whose lives and rights are threatened by disasters and climate change.

The guide is also a useful resource for other stakeholders, including staff from local, district and national government offices, the United Nations, donors, as well as social and natural scientists.


What's in the guide?

Chapter 1 explains the evolution of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation and the rationale for an integrated approach to building resilience. It presents 10 principles for effective programming and advocacy, based on extensive research and practice.

Chapter 2 describes the effects of disaster and climate change risk on children, women and men, and on high-risk populations: people living with disabilities, people living with chronic diseases, older people and indigenous peoples. It provides a checklist for promoting the participation of key groups in risk analysis and actions to build resilience.

Chapter 3 explains program cycle management for interventions to reduce disaster and climate change risk. It includes key issues and steps to follow at each stage of the program cycle, and guidance for knowledge generation and management throughout.

Chapter 4 highlights the need to incorporate measures to reduce disaster and climate change risk in the main sectors of developmental and humanitarian intervention: food security; livelihoods; natural resource management; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); education; health; and protection. It provides guidance on how to apply the principles for effective programming and advocacy to build resilience in each sector.

Chapter 5 explains the value of incorporating measures to reduce disaster and climate change risk in interventions in four challenging contexts for development and humanitarian work: conflict settings; early recovery; urban environments; and slow-onset disasters. It provides guidance on how to apply the principles for effective programming and advocacy to build resilience in each context.

Chapter 6 describes the importance of governance and advocacy for the creation of an enabling environment for resilience-building. It provides guidance on how to apply the principles for effective interventions in these closely-related areas of work.


Publication details

Authors: Marilise Turnbull, Charlotte L. Sterrett, Amy Hilleboe
Publisher: Practical Action Publishing (2012)
Book: 192 pages
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1-85339-786-8 (paperback), 978-1-78044-786-5 (e-book)
Dimensions: 5.83 x 8.27 inches

Posted on February 12, 2013


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