Global Resilience Challenge teams join forces to build resilience at Bangkok Regional Workshop

From March 30-April 2, members from 10 of our 17 Global Resilience Challenge teams will meet in Bangkok, Thailand at our first Asia Regional workshop. The teams, whose projects are all focused in South or Southeast Asia, will be meeting to discuss the broad scale of resilience and collaborating on how best to incorporate innovation, technology, assessment tools, partnerships and more into their resilience projects. The other seven Global Resilience Challenge teams met in Nairobi, Kenya from March 17-20 to collaborate on resilience innovations in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel.

The teams will also be working directly on the Global Resilience Challenge, working together to think critically about their project design, testing their assumptions, discussing vulnerabilities and interdependencies and refining their problem statements based on those discussions.

Global Resilience Partnership Executive Sponsors the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) will have representatives present to be a further resource as teams collaborate and discuss the serious resilience challenges of the region.

Representatives from the following teams will be in attendance at the workshop:

  • “Fostering Climate Resilience through Entertaining Games,” FHI 360
  • “Crowdsourcing Community Resilience in Urban Slums,” American Red Cross
  • “Climate Change Challenges and Community Adaption in Coastal Bangladesh (CCAD),” Mershon Center for International Security Studies, The Ohio State University
  • “Building Coastal Resilience in South & Southeast Asia through Mangrove Restoration for Risk Reduction,” The Nature Conservancy
  • “Disability and Disasters: Empowering People and Building Resilience to Risk,” “University of Sydney
  • “New Measurement Technologies for Resilience-Building,” BRAC USA
  • “Building Resilience of Smallholder Farmers in Southeast Asia,” The Grameen Foundation
  • “Private Sector Action to Build Resilient Supply Chain Communities,” Institute for Sustainable Communities
  • “Increasing Resilience in the Ramsar Sites of the Lower Mekong Basin,” International Union for Conversation of Nature
  • “Devising Local Coping Mechanisms and Adaption Technologies to Build Climate-Resilience Capacities of the Urban Poor in South Asia,” Mahila Housing SEWA Trust

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