Partners for Resilience II
After the success of the first phase of Partners for Resilience (PfR), the Netherlands government late in 2015 signed an agreement for a new five-year strategic partnership – ‘PfR II’ – between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and five agencies working to enhance community resilience in disaster-prone developing countries.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the new agreement with CARE Nederland, Cordaid, the Netherlands Red Cross, the Climate Centre and Wetlands International would strengthen “the resilience and livelihoods of many vulnerable communities, connect this to government priorities and investments, and support economic growth that is inclusive and sustainable”.
The original 2011 PfR vision of integrated risk management centred on moving beyond ‘business as usual’ to an integrated approach that combined disaster risk reduction, climate adaptation and ecosystem management and restoration. PfR II 2016–20 moves from project implementation toward building capacity for humanitarian dialogue, partnerships and knowledge.
Specific projects on the ground included small reservoirs to improve supplies of drinking water, diversification of livelihoods as a strategy against drought, reforestation of unstable slopes, early warning early action, and fuel-saving stoves (photo from Apac, northern Uganda).
The first phase of PfR included an add-on programme supported by the UK-based Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) to help Indonesia and the Philippines make use of lessons, outcomes and ideas from PfR experience in evidence-based dialogue for climate-smart policy.
Much preparatory work underpinning diplomacy at the UN conferences in Sendai and COP 21 in Paris was based on outcomes of this programme, including a special working paper on the Minimum Standards, and writeshops, while with CDKN support the Climate Centre scaled up its games programme in 2012 to reach at least 3000 stakeholders, including a ‘Climate Games Kit’.
PfR II will now support implementation of the Sendai Framework for Action by focusing on the capacity of civil society for dialogue on integrated risk management in the domains of policy, investment and practice.
Through work on ecosystem- and climate-based risk reduction, PfR has now reached more than half a million people in nine countries -- generating a solid evidence base for PfR II documented in its online library (automatic registration) and in PfR writeshop case-studies.
A 2014 paper covered PfR’s experience of integrating climate and ecosystems into the assessment of community risk.
Working also with Netherlands embassies in the programme countries, PfR II will mainstream inclusivity and gender to ensure the capacities and vulnerabilities of women and other marginalized groups are taken into account and they are empowered as agents of change.
The alliance members have been working with local implementing partners in Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mali, Nicaragua, Philippines and Uganda – covering more than 500 communities and engaging with well over 200 government institutions; PfR II will focus on the same countries (minus Nicaragua) adding Haiti and South Sudan.