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A Journey Towards Resilient Community: An Assessment Of Resilience Through Economic Empowerment, Climate Adaptation, Leadership And Learning (REE-CALL) Pilot Phase (2010-2012) 

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Keywords

Participatory
Vulnerability Assessment,
Risk Reduction Adaptation
Community Based Resilience
Climate change
Evaluations

Region

Asia

Country

Bangladesh

Date

19 August 14

Author

M. Islam

Website

www.oxfam.org.au

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Project/Program:
REE-CALL project aims to build resilient communities, which can anticipate and combat the risks associated with disaster and climate change adaptation through economic empowerment, securing sustainable livelihoods and developing leadership in disaster prone areas including Northern Char, Haor, and southern Coastal communities.

Evaluation methodology:
The pilot evaluation scope included eight organisations purposively selected out of 12 partners who had implemented the pilot phase of REE-CALL project over the period 2010 to 2012. Methods included a document review, field visits and stakeholder input (meetings, interviews and focus groups).

Achievements:
The program saw the establishment of 187 formal community-based organisations, and community involvement in creating Participatory Capacity and Vulnerability Assessments and Risk Reduction Adaptation Plans for each village. Achievements have been the promotion of women’s leadership and equity, linkages to government services and enhancing livelihoods via income generating activities, the establishment of food banks, and creation of value chains. Challenges experienced have been the uneven knowledge of climate change among program participants and uneven acceptance of women in leadership and equal representation of everyone in the process.

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