Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) aims to build the resilience of up to 5 million vulnerable people in 13 countries1 across the Sahel, East Africa and Asia against climate extremes and disasters. DFID funding for BRACED has been awarded as 3-year grants to 15 projects (see the BRACED Projects section below). These grants are managed by a Fund Manager, led by KPMG, which oversees the contract and financial management of the grants, monitor project progress, and manage due diligence and compliance.

Uniquely, BRACED also has a Knowledge Manager consortium, which aims to generate evidence and learning on resilience and adaptation in partnership with the BRACED projects and the wider resilience community. It gathers evidence of what works to strengthen resilience to climate extremes and disasters, and initiates and supports processes to ensure that evidence is put into use in policy and programmes. The Knowledge Manager also fosters partnerships to amplify the impact of new evidence and learning, in order to significantly improve levels of resilience in poor and vulnerable countries and communities around the world.

For information on BRACED projects, how the Resilience Exchange was developed and a list of the contributors, see below.

For further detail visit the BRACED website or get in touch via email braced@resilienceexchange.net

BRACED Projects

The BRACED programme is made up of 15 projects, each a consortium of organisations working together towards a shared vision. Below provides an overview of their work.


Country: Nepal
Lead Implementing Partner: International Development Enterprises UK

Anukulan aims to help half a million poor and vulnerable people in rural Nepal build their resilience to climate change impacts.

It does so by supporting smallholder farmers to increase incomes by taking advantage of economic opportunities and investments in climate-smart technologies such as drip irrigation, conservation agriculture, essential oil production, multiple-use water systems and community-based renewable energy.

To ensure sustainability Anukulan is building the capacity of local communities and local institutions to manage floods, drought and new crop diseases and become stronger and more self-reliant.

Building Resilience in Chad and Sudan (BRICS)

Country: Chad and Sudan
Lead Implementing Partner: Concern Worldwide

BRICS focuses on building community resilience of those facing regular droughts in Darfur states and Eastern Chad. Key components include increasing access to basic services; climate-smart agriculture and the development of early warning systems. The project aims to produce evidence on the effective strategies to support building resilience; in support of existing policies and providing information to contribute towards policy formulation in national governments.

Changing Farming Practices

Country: Burkina Faso
Lead Implementing Partner: Welthungerhilfe

Changing Farming Practices is building the economic, ecological and organisational resilience of rural people in Burkina Faso and strengthening their ability to cope with the effects of increased rainfall variability and higher temperatures. It does so by diversifying agricultural production and increasing incomes (through improved, sustainable access to drought-tolerant seeds, soil fertility management techniques and enterprise development), together with strengthened government extension services to reduce crop losses and ensuring access of the vulnerable farmers to climate information services.


Country: Ethiopia
Lead Implementing Partner: Christian Aid

CIARE aims to build the resilience of vulnerable communities to climate extremes and disasters in areas of Ethiopia prone to drought, flooding, extreme heat and extreme rainfall. It does this through:

  • establishing community friendly climate knowledge exchange mechanisms which convey regular, reliable and understandable information about climate change, seasonal forecasting, and practical solutions to build resilience;
  • supporting pastoral and smallholder farmers with relevant interventions designed to reduce their vulnerability to climate risks and vulnerabilities through water harvesting, soil conservation, rangeland management, animal health intervention etc.;
  • increasing the capacity of local communities to respond to climate threats through training and the development of disaster response plans; and
  • better understanding the specific impact of climate extremes on women and girls in order to plan a sustainable response to each of these challenges.

Decentralising Climate Funds (DCF)

Country: Mali and Senegal
Lead Implementing Partner: Near East Foundation

DCF supports communities in Mali and Senegal to become more resilient to climate change through locally-controlled adaptation funds. Investments in climate adaptation are identified and prioritised by local communities through a participatory process that is inclusive of women. The project:

  • promotes transparent and accountable local governance of investment funds;
  • firmly embeds local funds in local and national systems for finance, decentralisation, climate change and development planning; and
  • evaluates, documents and shares experiences and lessons learnt.

Improving Resilience in South Sudan (IRISS)

Country: Burkina Faso
Lead Implementing Partner: Concern Worldwide

IRISS aims to build community resilience to floods and droughts in South Sudan. Key components of the project include: climate-smart agriculture and community resilience planning committees who identify key risks and opportunities for natural resource management and disaster risk management. IRISS also aims to produce evidence of what can work to build resilience at a community level in a complex context.

Live with Water

Country: Senegal
Lead Implementing Partner: Consortium pour la Recherche Economique et Social (CRES)

Live with water aims to build resilience of vulnerable people in Senegal through an innovative, integrated and community-based approach. This incorporates interventions in infrastructure (floodwater evacuation and harvesting, solid waste management, urban gardening and greening); policy (district flood contingency plans and national policy advice); and capacity building (training and awareness building for beneficiaries and key stakeholders, with a focus on empowering women).

Livestock Mobility

Country: Senegal, Niger, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso
Lead Implementing Partner: Acting for Life

Livestock Mobility strengthens the resilience of pastoralists and agro-pastoralists (including women, men and children), by securing, servicing and promoting trans-border livestock mobility across Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. The project provides key services and enables communities and stakeholders to lobby for livestock mobility and for appropriate policy-making at local, national and regional levels.

Market Approaches to Resilience (MAR)

Country: Ethiopia
Lead Implementing Partner: Farm Africa 

MAR tests innovative market-based approaches to improve the resilience of vulnerable pastoralist and agro-pastoralist households to climate change. These will enable households, businesses and communities to better manage their resources and everyday risks. Project staff work with private investors to address climate risks by promoting more environment-friendly investments. They also stimulate the appropriate diversification of economic activity among the most vulnerable, through public and private sector partnerships.

Myanmar Alliance

Country: Myanmar
Lead Implementing Partner: Plan International

The BRACED Myanmar Alliance aims to empower communities to take leadership in determining their local priorities for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. The resilience model prioritises women and children as key drivers of community resilience and climate smart sustainable development.


Country: Niger
Lead Implementing Partner: CARE

As the basis upon which livelihoods depend, the governance and sustainable management of the natural resource base in the Sahel is critical for building climate resilience. PRESENCES proposes an innovative model combining improvement of climate information services; support for climate-resilient livelihood options; and promotion of sustainable and climate-resilient governance and management of natural resources. Equity is an underlying principle, with particular emphasis on gender. The premise for success is greater understanding of risk, vulnerability, and capacity in the face of climate change; more effective use of climate information for decision making; and strengthened local and national governance and institutions.


Country: Kenya and Uganda
Lead Implementing Partner: Mercy Corps

The aim of PROGRESS is to build absorptive, adaptive and transformative capacities of household and communities to be more resilient in the face of increasing climate risks. In both north-eastern Kenya and northern Uganda, these shocks and stresses include drought, increased aridity, flooding and flash floods, soil erosion, slashing and burning and massive deforestation. All of these contribute to environmental degradation which reduces the local resource-base for viable livelihoods.


Country: Mali
Lead Implementing Partner: International Relief and Development (Blumont)

RIC4REC targets those most vulnerable to the risks of climate disasters in Mali; working around four pillars: social cohesion, governance, natural resource management and better access to livelihoods.

The project strategies include:

  • Making climate change adaptation a priority with strong community basis for implementation;
  • Empowering communities to use climate information to make management decisions about their livelihoods that reduce risk;
  • Increasing assets and access to resources by introducing improved livelihood adaptation and natural resource management practices; and
  • Strengthening climate change adaptation management at local and national levels.


Country: Niger and Mali
Lead Implementing Partner: Catholic Relief Services

SUR1M builds resilience to climate extremes at scale through a gender-responsive, community-centred disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation approach, fostering women’s empowerment by promoting Savings and Internal Lending Communities and increasing demand for good governance and access to improved seeds and other technologies through market engagement, radio messaging, and targeted advocacy.

Zaman Lebidi

Country: Burkina Faso
Lead Implementing Partner: Christian Aid

Zaman Lebedi aims to build the resilience of vulnerable communities to climate extremes and disasters in high risk locations of Burkina Faso. These include droughts, floods, extreme temperatures and extreme precipitation. It works with partners to:

  • improve access to reliable climate information;
  • improve local capacity through strategies for market diversification, such as home gardens, a broader range of irrigation systems and development of lowlands; and
  • better understand the specific impact of climate extremes on women and girls.

The BRACED Resilience Exchange

The Resilience Exchange is a flagship report to make sense of what BRACED is learning across this diverse programme and present it in an accessible format that others can learn from. It draws on learning and evidence from various strands of material including individual project learning, research papers and synthesis activities. To access BRACED evidence and learning, visit the resources area of the BRACED website.

The Resilience Exchange has been prepared through a collaborative process to present experiences and learning from across BRACED. Individual ‘stories of change’ were submitted by BRACED partners and reviewed by a Peer Reference Group comprising representatives of a number of BRACED partners as well as the Fund Manager and DFID to make recommendations on stories to be included. An author team within the Knowledge Manager then worked with contributing authors to edit the stories for publication.

The main narrative of the Resilience Exchange also draws on published material including research papers, monitoring and evaluation reports and synthesis activities. Successive drafts have been prepared by the author team and reviewed by the Peer Reference Group, external peer reviewers and the Knowledge Manager leadership team (for more, see the below contributors section).


The Resilience Exchange was a collaborative effort across the 120+ organisations that make up BRACED. We would like to thank everyone involved, and we extend particular thanks to those who contributed stories of change (whose names can be found in the stories section), as well as the following people for their significant input:

Author Team

  • Carina Bachofen
  • James Baer
  • Elizabeth Carabine
  • Blane Harvey
  • Bettina Koelle
  • Virginie Le Masson
  • Aimee Neaverson
  • Katie Peters
  • Florence Pichon
  • Charlotte Rye
  • Catherine Simonet
  • James Smith
  • Catherine Stockwell
  • Zoe Tabary
  • Emily Wilkinson
  • Dave Wilson
  • Zoe Windle

Peer Reference Group

  • Jen Abdella
  • Nafissatou Balde Sow
  • John Choptiany
  • Penda Diallo
  • Madan Pariyar
  • Emna-Zina Thabet
  • Liam Upson
  • Selamawit Wondimu

Scout Team

  • Colette Benoudji
  • Sarah Clarke
  • Aby Drame
  • Getrude Lungahi
  • Victoria Sword-Daniels
  • Don Tartaglione
  • Nicola Ward


  • Annie Bonnin Roncerel
  • Margherita Calderone
  • Ram Chandra Khanal
  • Juliet Field
  • Laurie Goering
  • Catherine Gould
  • Robbie Gregorowski
  • Stephane Hallegatte
  • David Howlett
  • Mandeep Kaur-Grewal
  • Jen Leavy
  • Bruce Lloyd
  • Frédérique Matras
  • Moussa Na Abou
  • Malcolm Ridout
  • Dorcas Robinson
  • Paula Silva Villanueva
  • Roop Singh
  • Margot Steenbergen
  • Maarten van Aalst

Suggested citation

BRACED (2017) Resilience Exchange: What have we learned so far? BRACED: August 2017. Available at: www.braced-rx.org

  1. Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Mauritania, Chad, Sudan, South Sudan, Nepal and Myanmar