Building livelihood and community resilience: lessons from Somalia and Zimbabwe

Resilience-building and livelihood approaches in fragile and volatile environments need adaptive management and flexible programming. Innovation, experimental learning, projects tailored to fit local contexts and a readiness to pilot new ideas and learn from failure can be key success factors. Cesvi, an organisation that supports vulnerable populations to achieve sustainable development, is developing a theoretical conceptualisation of resilience and operational guidance on resilience-building in fragile environments. Cesvi’s projects in Somalia and Zimbabwe are described and analysed in this report as a step towards improving such understanding.