Resilience in Action Technical Brief: Gender Equity and Social Inclusion
This post introduces a technical brief from the Resilience in Action Series, which aims to bring the practitioner community one step closer to bridging this gap between theory and practice. The series is made possible from USAID's Resilience Evaluation, Assessment and Learning (REAL) Associate Award.
Here, we draw on an emerging, common set of resilience capacities — from increased access to diverse financial services to ecosystems-based disaster risk and recovery strategies — with clear overlap in the sectoral work development and humanitarian practitioners are already doing. Ultimately, we aim to answer a set of critical questions: How does a resilience lens change the design of interventions in key sectors or cross-cutting themes? How should we shift the design and implementation of sectoral interventions to promote resilience building within programs?
While it is imperative that we continue to plan for and strategize around resilience in an integrated way, we believe examining how resilience shifts in sectors is critical to practical action.
In this technical brief, we focus on programmatic shifts at the intersection of resilience, gender equity, and social inclusion, which are essential in situations like the 2004 tsunami or extreme drought conditions. Sourced from existing literature and the growing evidence base of what works, this brief provides technical specialists and implementers — who are designing new programs or reviewing existing programs — recommendations for how applying a resilience lens might require them to approach gender equity and social inclusion differently.
The brief's focus represents a slight departure from the other cases in the Resilience in Action Series in that gender equity and social inclusion are not discrete sectors but crosscutting themes, much like resilience itself. Their crosscutting nature requires us to consider how a gender equity and social inclusion approach might augment a resilience approach overall or vice versa. To move recommendations from the realm of theory to practice, we highlight incremental opportunities for layering the two approaches or "lenses" during the three phases of programming: assessment; design; and implementation, monitoring, and learning.