We are testing innovative approaches to preventing and mitigating circumstances that threaten crisis in our region. Following disasters, we prioritize integrating resilience-building measures into humanitarian response. We also take the opportunity to learn from crisis. We ensure our learning and evidence can influence humanitarian assistance not only in our region, but in even more fragile environments worldwide.
Building resilience requires us to anticipate the unpredictable and unthinkable. We remain conscious of mitigating the fragile conditions that could threaten a complex crisis in the South and East Asia context, focusing on preventative measures, addressing root causes, while integrating resilience-building measures into emergency response.
In 2015, our regional resilience portfolio included 12 programs valued at $53 million. Some highlights of our direct impact in FY15 include:
In FY16, we will enhance learning, generate new evidence, and influence action around the following recommendations:
From Indonesia to Mongolia, experience and evidence from our region demonstrates that resilience is first and foremost supported by an enabling environment, or the social and governance systems that drive decision-making and behavior towards risk, or towards resilience. Also the enabling environment must support access to, and appropriate use of, core "hard" capacities that include financial inclusion, robust and responsive market systems, climate-smart ecological management practices, and informed disaster preparedness and response mechanisms.
Our Theory of Change statement is: if vulnerable urban and rural populations are supported by an enabling social, governance and learning environment, and through it can access and apply financial, market, ecological, and DRR strategies towards resilience, then they will increase incomes, nutrition, and social well-being outcomes in the face of shocks and stresses...
What is our resilience policy? We have placed a priority on longer-term strategy, iterative program design, resilience assessments, and documenting our impact through monitoring, measurement and research. We test and apply our resilience approach in our flagship programs.
Our Resilience Challenge Fund, launched in October of this year, will allow us to further pilot innovation and shape our influence in the region. Our diverse, influential partnerships with national and local governments, private sector and international organizations can help us implement integrated approaches towards resilience and achieve impact at scale.