The Global Resilience Partnership aims to help millions of vulnerable people, particularly in the Global South, better adapt to shocks and chronic stresses and invest in a more resilient future. With an initial commitment of $150 million, this new Resilience Partnership will help the global community pivot from being reactive in the wake of disaster to driving evidence-based investments that enable cities, communities, and households to better manage and adapt to inevitable shocks.

we improve resilience in multiple scales:

from families to communities, countries to regions.


Rockefeller Foundation, USAID, and Sida are the founding sponsors, collectively investing US $150 million to increase global resilience and mobilize regional collaborations.


Each regional partner supports collaboration between diverse local actors. Partner engagement is currently underway, with new potential partners to be announced soon.


The Resilience Partnership works with local communities, local and regional institutions — all of whom have vastly diverse strengths at their disposal.

Our work focuses on three regions in Africa and Asia with high resilience needs.

A new reality needs a new solution

We can no longer afford business as usual. The number of reported disasters has nearly tripled since 1980, and the cost of those disasters is up 300%, to US$ 200 billion every year. In 2015, OECD nations spent US$ 13.6billion on humanitarian aid, a rise of 11% from 2014. Over the last 30 years, one-third of development spending – US$ 3.8 trillion – went on recurrent costs.

The current aid and development approach, whilst it has had its success stories, is not working optimally. It is hugely weighted – in terms of funding and human resources – towards emergency and humanitarian response.

What if, rather than focusing on repair, we built resilience?

Diagnose Problems

Key institutions and stakeholders lead ongoing investigations of problem identification, using data and predictive methods.

Motivate Collaboration

Mobilize support to address priority problems and work across sectors and silos.

Develop Solutions

The Resilience Partnership will channel resources to incubate, accelerate, and scale effective solutions.

Learn and Share

Develop networks and systems to amplify resilience solutions beyond the Resilience Partnership, sustaining change in policy and practice.

Governance structure:

GRP Partnership Council – Consists of organisations active in resilience who agree to work together to help achieve GRP’s objectives. The Partnership Council advises on GRP’s strategic direction with the ambition of building resilience from global to local, through the Partnership. Members include: The World Bank, The Global Environment Facility, USAID, DFID, Sida, Zurich Insurance, Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation, Stockholm Resilience Centre, and others.

GRP Steering Committee (Donor Group) – Consists currently of representatives from the present donor organizations, USAID, Sida, DFID, and Zurich Insurance Group. The Steering Committee will be updated in March 2018 during the Partnership Council meeting, when a revised governance structure for GRP will be decided on.

Who we are:

Olof Olsson, Acting Director,

Olof oversees the activities of the GRP and acts as the key bridge between GRP and the SRC. He is also the Managing Director of the SRC for the past nine years. He is member of SRC’s leadership team and oversees strategic planning and the daily operations of the centre. Olof’s research interests are mainly in marine systems and he holds a PhD in population ecology from Uppsala University (1995).

Nathanial (Nate) Matthews, Program Director,

Nate leads the technical element of GRP’s offering. He provides oversight and leadership into GRP’s Challenge competitions and projects and oversees the technical work streams including: Markets and Innovative Financing, Technology and Infrastructure and Policy. Previously, he was Global Research Coordinator at the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems and held various positions in the water sector and private sector. He has also been an advisor and consultant to a wide range of organizations, including McKinsey and Company, UNEP, UNDP, WB, UNESCO, WWF, SIWI and Oxfam. Nate holds a PhD in Geography from King’s College London. He is also Senior Visiting Fellow at King’s College London, a Visiting Fellow at the University of East Anglia Water Security Centre and a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.

Twitter: @Nate_Matthews


David Howlett, Head of Policy,

David leads GRP’s work on policy and investment into resilience. He has over thirty-five years’ experience in development in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. He has worked for national governments and international organisations including the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). At DFID he led on climate resilient agriculture managing DFID’s support to IFAD’s Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme and where he designed and the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extreme Disasters (BRACED) programme. David has an academic background in chemistry, soil sciences, agriculture and environmental management.

Simone Verkaart, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Manager,

Simone works to design, operationalize and implement an M&E system for the Challenges. Previously, she worked as an Associate Expert Technology Transfer at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to joining ICRISAT, Simone worked with the evaluation department of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she evaluated Dutch support to Basic Education and to the World Bank Group. She is finalizing a PhD at Wageningen University in Development Economics and has an MSc in Development Studies, BSc in Cultural Anthropology and BSc in Business Studies.

Jesper Hörnberg, Lead of Infrastructure, Technology, and the GRP

Jesper’s focus is on change management and creative disruption. He manages and coordinates a small team of experts form various fields. He provides oversight and leadership for GRP’s work on developing, improving, and scaling initiatives by the GRP grantees as well as external initiatives and ideas. He is the co-founder of a few businesses. He has held various positions in the development sector and private sector and has been an adviser and consultant to a wide range of organisations and companies. Jesper holds an MBA from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Lausanne. 

Ida Gabrielsson, Communications Officer,

Ida works with both internal and external communication for GRP. She updates the website and assists with coordinating events. Ida previously worked as a communications and impact officer on the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) funded project: Sustainable Poverty Alleviation from Coastal Ecosystem Services. She holds an MSc in Environmental Communication from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and a BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University (GW).

Hanna Ellström, Administrative Coordinator, 

Hanna works with administration within GRP and is part of the SRC admin team. Hanna has been working at SRC for two years with different tasks including human resources, coordinating education, and economy. She holds a MSc in business, administration, and management from Stockholm Business School. Before joining the SRC team she worked in the private sector.