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As this year comes to a close, we would like to look back at all the REAL activities and publications produced in 2020.  

We would also like to take a moment to wish you all happy holiday season. We look forward to working with you in 2021 and continuing our joint efforts in building resilient households, communities, and countries across the world.

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Strengthening Resilience in Niger and Burkina Faso: Results from RISE I Recurrent Monitoring Surveys 2018-2019

In a joint webinar organized by REAL and the Sahel Collaboration & Communication Activity (SCC), panelists from TANGO International and USAID presented key findings from the RISE I (Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced) recurrent monitoring surveys (RMS). Around 90 resilience practitioners, representing both implementing organizations and USAID Mission and headquarters staff attended the webinar. The RMS followed a group of RISE I households over five rounds spaced two months apart from August 2018 through April 2019 in both Niger and Burkina Faso to evaluate how their wellbeing and ability to cope and recover from shocks evolved overtime.

The event was a unique opportunity for participants to reflect on the study findings and engage with the lead researchers on this study.

The session was held in English with an option for simultaneous interpretation in French.

Materials include:

  • Full Report (English & French)
  • 6-page Brief of the Report (English & French)
  • Webinar Recording (English & French)
  • Webinar Slide Deck (English & French)  

All materials can be accessed via this webpage. We are working on an FAQ document to provide answers to questions posed throughout the webinar. We will notify you when it has been published to the website.

The webinar will be followed by complementary country-specific events in 2021 to enable key stakeholders to participate in more interactive discussions focused on the implications of both RISE RMS and RISE Endline findings for resilience investments in Burkina Faso and Niger.

REAL Publications 2020

USAID Resilience Measurement Practical Guidance Note 7:  
Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) in Resilience Programming

Cover image of guidance note 7The latest Guidance Note is a resource for policymakers and implementing organizations to identify cost-effective resilience interventions and prioritize development resources using an economic analysis tool called Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA).

A complement to the series' first six notes, this note looks at the costs and benefits of building resilience capacities in contexts affected by shocks and stresses and provides recommendations and resources to adapt the well-established CBA methodology to resilience investments.

USAID Resilience Measurement Practical Guidance Note 7:  Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) in Resilience Programming

What Facilitates Integration in Resilience Programs? A Case Study on Nepal 

Building resilience requires a long-term commitment and an integrated approach to strengthen the capacities of individuals, households, and communities to respond to, recover from, and prevent shocks and stresses. Drawing from two programs building the resilience of rural communities in Nepal, this report describes the benefits of investing the time and effort to design, implement, and manage integrated resilience programming.
Cover image of a case study on NepalREAL organized an online discussion on successes and challenges of implementing integrated resilience programming in USAID-funded food security activities with Apolou, in Karamoja, Uganda; Promoting Agriculture, Health and Alternative Livelihoods (PAHAL) in Nepal; and Strengthening PSNP 4 Institutions and Resilience (SPIR) in Ethiopia. Over 50 participants joined the event to talk about the added value of integrated resilience programming, what integration looks like in practice, and challenges in integrating programs at different stages of the program life cycle.


Household Resilience During Conflict: Qualitative Comparative Analysis for the Case of Syria

Cover image of QCA for the Case of SyriaSubstantial progress has been made in the understanding of resilience, and how to detect and capture its multiple and complex dimensions. This paper contributes to the dialogue on methodological options for measuring resilience by exploring the utility of applying Qualitative Comparative Analysis using fuzzy sets (fsQCA) to understand complex causality and the conditions that support resilience in humanitarian contexts. This paper uses secondary data collected from a 2017 Mercy Corps study on how Syrians cope with conflict and adapt their lives and livelihoods amidst the Syrian civil war.

Early Warning for Early Action: Toward More Behaviorally Informed Early Warning Systems

Early warning systems (EWSs) have traditionally focused on collecting and analyzing hazard data to produce warning messages that help inform stakeholders of impending disasters and when, where, and how to initiate response activities. Cover image of Early Warning for Early ActionSocial constructivist understandings of risk have led to more people-centered approaches to EWS design and development. The resulting systems, though better informed, have consistently struggled to produce the preparation and early actions of exposed and vulnerable populations. This paper builds on decades of psychology and social and behavioral change theory and practice to propose a social and behaviorally informed approach to EWS design, development, and implementation. 

Early Warning for Early Action: Toward More Behaviorally Informed Early Warning Systems
REAL is a consortium-led award funded by USAID Center for Resilience. It was established to respond to growing demand among USAID Missions, host governments, implementing organizations, and other key stakeholders for rigorous, yet practical, monitoring, evaluation, strategic analysis, and capacity building support. Led by Save the Children, REAL draws on the expertise of its partners: Food for the Hungry, Mercy Corps, and TANGO International. To learn more about REAL, please download this 2-pager and/or visit:
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