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Global Resilience Partnership

Partnering to build resilience in some of the most vulnerable places on Earth

The Global Resilience Partnership innovation and partnership model elicited great interest from public and private partners—and yielded a great portfolio of resilience-building projects. Through this initiative, we have gained key learnings in how we drive change to achieve real, lasting development gains for the poor and vulnerable peoples of the rural, disaster-prone parts of the world—learning which we will take forward through our 100 Resilient Cities initiative.


Communities and entire nations around the globe are faced with recurring shocks and stresses that are only increasing in frequency and magnitude—from coastal storms to pandemics to civil conflict. While there are many actors helping to respond to immediate crises, these interventions have traditionally focused on relief and rebuilding, or on longer-term development, without planning for unforeseen shocks and stresses. As a result, $1 of every $3 spent in development assistance is wasted.

We need new solutions for new realities, and to bridge humanitarian and development efforts to build resilience against a range of future threats.

Our Strategy

In 2014, The Rockefeller Foundation, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)  joined together to create the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP), which aims to identify and scale locally driven, high-impact, innovative solutions that will build the resilience of hundreds of millions of people in the Sahel, Horn of Africa, and South and Southeast Asia.

The programmatic features of GRP comprise the critical knowledge, tools, and processes required to build resilience thinking, capacity, and scale:

  • Technology: GRP seeks to promote the adoption, scaling, and integration of information tools, methods, and machines that promote evidence-based decision making and/or accelerate the deployment of innovative solutions.
  • Measurement & Diagnostics: GRP seeks to support measurement approaches to quantify and qualify the financial and social impact of resilience efforts; create tools to help measure, visualize and predict resilience needs.
  • Innovative Financing: GRP seeks to use innovative financing instruments to mobilize additional private capital for resilience and increase sustainability of resilience initiatives.
  • Policy & Influence: GRP seeks to use insights, evidence, and GRP’s global convening power to foster enabling environments that prioritize resilience for humanitarian and development work.
  • Learning & Innovation: GRP seeks to fill knowledge gaps in cross-cutting areas relevant to resilience (e.g., gender, social capital) and rationalize disparate learning initiatives and cultivate communities of practice.

A key component of the partnership is the Global Resilience Challenge, a competition designed to surface innovation and capacities among partner institutions. Nearly 500 applications were submitted, proposing resilience-building efforts in more than 55 countries targeting the varying needs of populations, from pastoralists to coastal communities and urban slum dwellers. In September 2015, 8 challenge winners were announced, each receiving up to $1 million to implement transformative resilience solutions.

Moving into 2016, GRP partnered with Amplify—a collaboration between the UK’s Department for International Development, OpenIDEO and IDEO.org—as a new means of uncovering innovative approaches to resilience building specifically within urban slum communities.

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