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R4- CA MEL Global Resilience Learning Event Report

A report capturing lessons learned from resilience initiatives in Ethiopia, Senegal, El Salvador, Guatemala, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu

The Margaret A. Cargill foundation has been a strategic partner of Oxfam since 2009. In 2015, the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) granted Oxfam America five million dollars over two years to support the expansion of the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative (R4) in Ethiopia and Senegal, and $4.6 million for the CA-MEL Project exploring resilience pathways in El Salvador, Guatemala, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. Each program and its team have a different yet congruent approach to building resilient communities. They use different methodologies and approaches but measure the progress and changes in similar resilience capacities. The two grants offered by MACP created a unique opportunity for the long-term development and humanitarian teams to confront, share, and question together the pathways to building resilient communities vulnerable to natural disasters.

With the purpose of exchanging knowledge and lessons learned from these resilience building initiatives, a joint learning event was organized where teams from all project countries shared their experiences, achievements, and best practices in community resilience building. The interactive learning event examined various important aspects of resilience building from the perspective of two projects, including the basic building blocks, social change processes, gender, key resilience capacities, policy and influencing, and monitoring frameworks.

Thirty-two participants gathered in Boston, Massachusetts, November 15-18, 2016, for a “Global Resilience Learning Event.” Among them were R4 and CA-MEL staff, from Oxfam and partner organizations from six countries, guests from the Oxfam confederation, and key partners, such as the World Food Program. The report summarizes key lessons from the meeting.

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