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As 2019 comes to a close, we would like to take a moment to look back at all the REAL achievements and activities in the year. 

The REAL team would also like to wish you all a happy holiday season. We look forward to working with you in 2020 and continuing our joint efforts in building resilient households, communities and countries across the world.

Key Resilience Evidence from the
Horn of Africa Region

USAID's efforts to measure changes in resilience promoted through their programming reached a pivotal moment in 2019, when a number of key studies from the Horn of Africa region were finalized.

This growing body of resilience evidence was presented and discussed during two REAL events: a workshop in Uganda in May and a day-long follow-up event in Washington, DC in September. Both events provided participants opportunities to delve into the data, analyze emerging resilience trends and themes, and discuss how the findings can be applied for programming in the region moving forward. 

Photo credit: Mustafa Saeed / Save the Children

Want to learn more about the Horn of Africa resilience evidence?

  • Check out briefs, infographics and presentations! 
    For key takeaways, an overview of findings and areas for additional learning, please visit this webpage.
  • Watch the event video and scroll through the photo gallery!
  • Screen shot from the event video

REAL Publications 2019

Ethiopia Pastoralist Areas Resilience Improvement and Market Expansion (PRIME) Project Impact Evaluation Endline Survey Report

The PRIME project was implemented from October 2012 to September 2017 in one of the most shock-prone areas of the world, the drylands of Ethiopia. A key project goal was to enhance the resilience of households to shocks. In particular, it aimed to enable households to withstand and recover from the recurrent climate-related shocks—mainly drought—to which they are exposed. This report has drawn on the data collected as part of the PRIME Impact Evaluation (IE) Baseline and Endline Surveys, as well as two Recurrent Monitoring Surveys. 
Photo credit: Sean Sheridan / Mercy Corps

Image of the cover of guidance note 6USAID Resilience Measurement Practical Guidance Note 6: Recurrent Monitoring Surveys

This guidance note complements the current series' first five notes by providing practical guidance on how to plan and conduct a recurrent monitoring survey (RMS). An RMS can collect real-time data on resilience dynamics as they are unfolding, allowing teams to understand how individuals, households and communities are coping and responding in the face of these disturbances. 

REAL held a webinar in October to introduce the guidance note and provide key lessons learned from three resilience-focused programs in Nepal, Ethiopia and Bangladesh. 

Risk and Resilience Assessment Case Study Series

This series explores central questions for practitioners interested in conducting a risk and resilience assessment. The case studies document lessons learned and recommendations for humanitarian and development practitioners, based on Mercy Corps' experience conducting assessments in three distinct contexts in Nepal, Niger and Uganda. The fourth, and latest, case study from northeast Nigeria is about the operational challenges and solutions to applying a risk and resilience assessment amidst a protracted crisis.

New Resilience in Action Briefs

This series was launched in 2018 with a brief on Gender Equity and Social Inclusion. In 2019, we published two new briefs in the series, one focusing on Climate & Ecosystem-Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction, and one on Financial Services

The Resilience in Action Briefs help bridge the gap between theory and practice and support  development and humanitarian practitioners integrate a resilience lens in programming, answering questions such as:
- How does a resilience lens change the design of interventions in key sectors?
- How should we shift the implementation of sectoral interventions to promote resilience-building within programs?
Photo credit: M. Samper / Mercy Corps

Somalia Resilience Recurrent Monitoring Survey (RMS) Report

Image of the cover of the Somala RMS ReportThis report presents findings from a resilience recurrent monitoring survey which was conducted as Somalia was experiencing a severe drought.

The report discusses factors that supported household resilience in the face of the drought and lays out several programmatic recommendations for how resilience programming could be more effective, given the complex and shifting array of shocks to which Somalia is vulnerable. 


Asia Resilience Review 

Building on learnings from a resilience monitoring, evaluation and learning workshop organized by REAL and USAID in Bangkok in  2017, this review examines the Asia resilience context and implications for measuring resilience in the region. It seeks to address the following high-level research questions:
  • What are important features of the resilience context in Asia?
  • How has resilience been measured in Asia?
  • What are the key trends and findings in Asia resilience to date?
  • What are some recommended strategies for future investments in resilience efforts in Asia?
Photo credit: Oli Cohen / Save the Children
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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