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Toolkit|Measuring People’s Resilience

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This toolkit, developed with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) with support from the Australian Government, aims to provide ActionAid staff with a practical methodology for measuring women's and men's resilience that highlights the gender inequalities which limit women's resilience and underscore their vulnerability in disasters. 

It uses quantitative and qualitative research methods to assess a range of indicators that are relevant to determining  the resilience of people to disaster risks. ActionAid staff can then use this information to identify priority actions that need to be taken to address gender inequalities, and can use the findings as an evidence base for advocating positive change to build women’s and community resilience at the local level.

This toolkit is based on ActionAid’s South Asia Women’s Resilience Index (WRI) which examines the role of women in preparing for and recovering from disasters in countries across South Asia. The structure of the Index has been mirrored in the toolkit to help categorise resilience indicators, and also to provide ease of reference between the findings of the WRI and the local level research. It also builds upon ActionAid’s Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) and ActionAid’s Resilience Framework.

ActionAid is a global movement of people working together to achieve greater human rights for all and defeat poverty. We believe people in poverty have the power within them to create change for themselves, their families and communities. ActionAid is a catalyst for that change. ODI is the UK’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.

Our mission is to inspire and inform policy and practice which lead to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation of suffering and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods. We do this by locking together high-quality applied research, practical policy advice and policy-focused dissemination and debate. We work with partners in the public and private sectors, in both developing and developed countries.

Readers are encouraged to reproduce material from this toolkit for their own publications, as long as they are not being sold commercially. As copyright holder, ActionAid Australia and ODI request due acknowledgement and a copy of the publication. The views presented in this paper are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of ActionAid Australia or ODI. For further information, please contact ActionAid Australia's Gender and Resilience Advisor, Melissa Bungcaras:

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