USAID defines resilience as “the ability of people, households, communities, countries and systems to mitigate, adapt to and recover from shocks and stresses in a manner that reduces chronic vulnerability and facilitates inclusive growth.” This concept may play a significant role in development strategies for years to come as it promises to provide a solution to the cyclical nature of development and humanitarian needs.
USAID held a series of learning events on the concept of resilience. The courses expanded on the ideas of resilience as an analytical, programmatic and organizing concept. It aimed to promote communities of learning and collaboration for improved resilience programming and pro-resilience policies.
CHC was heavily involved in the courses, providing expert speakers, facilitating learning processes and designing and adapting frameworks. Peter Hailey, Director at CHC, was a part of the expert panel of speakers and facilitates these events. He spoke on the relationship between nutrition and resilience highlighting the systemic objectives of resilience, in a nutrition context, as being the sustainable reduction in depravation, the promotion of inclusive social and economic growth and the sustainable reduction in vulnerability