Author: Global Resilience Partnership

New Ideas Can Solve Age-Old Challenges

Today (15 March) we celebrate 12 innovative projects spanning Africa and Asia which have the potential to revolutionise how the world’s most at-risk communities tackle the devastating consequences of flooding. The Water Window Challenge, a partnership between the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) and the Z Zurich Foundation of Zurich Insurance, awards grants of up to […]

Water Window Challenge Winners Announced

Twelve innovative projects will share a US$10 million competition pool to tackle flooding in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. The partnership between the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) and Z Zurich Foundation of Zurich Insurance, sees grants of up to US$1m awarded to teams offering innovative solutions to issues affecting flood-prone communities in the […]

GRP welcomes new Senior Policy Adviser and Policy Lead

We are delighted to welcome our new Senior Policy Adviser and Policy Lead, David Howlett, to the GRP team. David is seconded from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). He has over thirty 35 years’ experience in development in Africa, Asia and the Pacific with an academic background in chemistry, soil sciences, agriculture […]

GRP welcomes new Program Director

We are delighted to welcome our new Program Director, Dr. Nathanial (Nate) Matthews, to the GRP team. Originally from Canada, Nate is a multidisciplinary scientist with more than 30 peer-reviewed publications on a broad range of topics across resilience, risk, water, energy, agriculture, and natural resource management. He has managed more than 170 projects globally […]

The largest battle for resilience

The development army in Albuco Woreda, Amhara region, Ethiopia A battle takes place every year in Amhara, Ethiopia. The battle involves five million people, wielding shovels, axes and agricultural tools. Luckily, in this case people are not fighting each other, they are fighting their common enemy: land degradation. This five million army is mobilized by […]

How farmers are using road run-off to improve production in Kenya

Roads, more than only a means for transport Roads are known to form an interconnected network across our land to facilitate transportation. However, when roads are built they change the entire hydrology of the area: they either serve as an embankment or a drain. In either way, they have a major impact on the run-off […]

The Kenyan farmer who traveled his country got inspired to harvest road water and is telling others to do the same

Edward on his shamba with his wife and sister in law Adopting road water harvesting Edward Ndolo lives just outside of Kitui town, located in the eastern part of Kenya. He is over 60 years old, a retired police officer and lives with his wife next to their 3 acres (around 1.2 ha) sized shamba […]

On the road to resilience in Ethiopia

It’s time to rethink roads. In the vital fields of flood prevention and water supply, they offer incredible potential to enhance and enrich the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. Dr Frank van Steenbergen of the Roads for Water consortium is helping to drive this remarkable revolution. Heading north from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s […]

On the Road with Resilience

It is a simple concept: resilience, improving existing systems, making them more productive and stronger, better able to deal with shocks and even converting problems into opportunities. Resilience is a departure from the concept of sustainability that wants to preserve what is there or sometimes what has been temporarily created – and as such is […]

COP22 – Acting together for true resilience

I am pleased to be writing to you from COP22 in Marrakesh, a conference that draws together governments and organisations from around the world to discuss the most effective ways of implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change. This year, the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) is in attendance, spreading the message that resilience stakeholders must […]