Resilience Building Week 25- 27 October

Date: 25-27 October

Location: Amman, Jordan

The Governments of Canada, Finland and UNDP will co-host a “Resilience Building Week – a Bridge from Concepts to Evidence,” in Amman, Jordan from the 25th to the 27th of October 2016. This event continues to build on the momentum from the Resilience Development Forum, by generating knowledge, building innovative partnerships and advocating for sustainable solutions to the protracted crisis in Syria.

The primary objective of the Resilience-Building Week (RBW) is to take stock of the implementation of the resilience agenda in the sub-region by identifying good practices, lessons, challenges and opportunities, and stimulate regional knowledge sharing to better prepare for the next generation of crisis response.

Over three days (25 till 27 of October) , plenary and expert-focused dialogue sessions will include participants from across the spectrum of resilience experts, decision makers, practitioners, government, NGO, civil society and UN agencies. The RBW will consist of a high level panel, several roundtable expert sessions, as well as “clinics” to share knowledge and experiences in recent resilience programming and policy.

Key Achievements of the Resilience Agenda

Expanded partnerships
As reflected in the past London Conference, the resilience agenda through its multi-sectoral,long‐term approach has opened up the spectrum of implementers to include new partners in addition to governments in the region: traditional and non-­‐traditional donors, international financial institutions, development foundations, philanthropists, the private sector, and a wide range of national and international NGOs.

Localizing support

In Syria neighboring countries, the resilience agenda has succeeded in reinforcing the centrality of national crisis response plans as well as developing specific partner coordination setups and funding mechanism to better address the specificities of each country. In the case of Jordan and Lebanon, governments, with the support of UNDP, have further established their own national platforms to coordinate and monitor humanitarian and development initiatives at country level. In the case of Syria, an increased use of local service delivery systems has facilitated localized resilience-­based support in war context.

Financial predictability
A sustainable response needs longer‐term planning to enhance both flexibility and predictability of funding, but also to enhance the resilience of the aid system itself. The 3RP, which expanded the response planning from the previous one year common in humanitarianresponse plans to a two year timeframe, contains several multi-­‐year national response plans (JRP,LCRP) and has much increased the predictability of financial requirements. This in turn allowed some donors to respond with multi-­‐year financial commitments, as well as long-­term loans and grants by IFIs.

Policy transformation
The 2016 UNDP-­ WFP-­ ILO Multi-­‐Country Economic Opportunities Assessment has identified recent policy shifts towards more inclusive labour markets for host community members and refugees. These developments throughout the region are promising steps towards meeting the target set out at the London conference of creating 1.1 million jobs for hostcommunity members and refugees. Governments in the region have made unprecedented efforts to temporarily accommodate refugees in local labor markets in the search for self-­reliance and social inclusiveness.

Leveraging development resources
The London Conference launched two “compacts” that established the shared commitment of the co-hosts and the Governments of Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey respectively to invest in economic opportunities for refugees and host communities alike, if host governments adapt their labor market regulations accordingly. These mutual agreements represent a historic transformation in the way of addressing a protracted crisis, and mobilized unprecedented pledge for traditional donors, as well as new levels of engagement by IFIs, as well as potential investment by the private sector.

Increased focus on resilience inside Syria
There is a growing acknowledgment that current life‐saving humanitarian funding and programming should be reinforced with more resilience-­building investment preserve critical assets and human capital in Syria. A resilience-­building approach inside Syria focuses on enhancing the resilience of individuals, households and communities in order to restore and stabilize livelihoods, and facilitate income generation and self-­reliance to avoid further destitution, marginalization. It is expected that next iteration of the Syria Humanitarian Response Plan will expand the resilience building component in the search for more sustainable responses to the protracted conflict.

Gender and the resilience agenda
The definition of resilience is the ability to recover from shock, to adapt, and to prevent crisis in the future and achieve sustainable change for communities. Women, men, girls and boys have different needs and vulnerabilities, and are differently affected by shock. Women and girls are at greatest risk when shocks occur because they are already less empowered to control their social and physical environment. The Resilience Building week will pay special attention to the gender component of resilience building. Women are disproportionately affected by conflict, but can also serve as an importnant force in resilience building thus giving them space to help the response is essential to build resilience in the communities most affected bu the crisis. This work can be categorized into three areas: protection (women and girls’ safety, physical and mental health and economic security), prevention (of all forms of structural and physical violence against women and girls, including SGBV) and participation (inclusion of women’s voices and demands, and their strategic interests as central to resilience and stabilication efforts)