Reflecting on a decade of resilience: The journey and the road ahead

The GRP 2024-2029 Strategy focuses on food, finance, and communities, with a special emphasis on youth and women

Written by: Mumbi S. Kasumba
GRP Areas of work: Innovation Knowledge Policy

Ten years ago, the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) was established to drive innovations in the Global South to advance resilience. Over the past decade, we have dedicated our efforts to advancing resilience by identifying and scaling on-the-ground innovations, generating and sharing knowledge, and shaping policy. Initially a small partnership of fewer than ten organisations, we have now grown to encompass over 80 organisations.

Together with our Partners, we have supported millions of people on their resilience journeys. GRP challenges have directly benefited seven million people across 16 countries, and we have invested over 45 million USD in resilience programming across the Global South. Our work has highlighted that resilience is complex, nuanced, and an essential focus. Equipped with the knowledge and lessons learned over the past decade, our 2024-2029 Strategy serves as a road map for the next five years.

Kelvin Trautman, Kands Collective

Our Vision for 2024-2029

We have identified three key opportunities to advance transformative resilience over the next five years: food, finance, and communities, with a special focus on youth and gender. These opportunities will anchor our efforts going forward.

Our goal is to support food systems that are resilient, equitable, and sustainable. Over the next five years, we will continue striving to eliminate food insecurity and transition away from unsustainable production and consumption practices that are highly susceptible to risks. Instead, we envision regenerative and climate-resilient food systems that ensure equitable and fair livelihoods for all. 

Additionally, we aim to transform the inadequate climate finance, which is predominantly focused on mitigation and driven by the Global North, into reimagined financial flows and structures that support resilience efforts in the Global South. By keeping local communities at the heart of our initiatives, we prioritise locally-led efforts and ensure that resilience-building measures are centred around those most affected.

Through these three opportunities, we aim to achieve four long-term outcomes, supported by a diverse array of programmes organised under each outcome. 

Firstly, we are committed to 1.) transforming food and financial systems. This involves strengthening the start-up and entrepreneurial ecosystem, fostering innovation, and nurturing a community of stakeholders dedicated to advancing resilience-building solutions on the ground. One of the programmes under this outcome includes the Resilient Agriculture Innovations for Nature (RAIN) Challenge in collaboration with Munich Re Foundation and Shockwave Foundation. RAIN surfaces new, innovative agricultural initiatives in East Africa, provides them with mentorship, and aligns Partners and potential funders to selected initiatives. 

Secondly, we will focus on 2.) scaling innovative formal and informal collaborations. This includes facilitating partnerships between different stakeholders and ensuring that local voices are represented and heard in global policy spaces. One of the key initiatives is the COP Resilience Hub, an inclusive and dynamic space for open dialogue and learning to mobilise action on adaptation and resilience.

The COP 28 Resilience Hub

Holly Hayes, The Resilience Hub

Thirdly, we are dedicated to 3.) increasing inclusive transdisciplinary learning. This encompasses capacity development, knowledge brokering, and the adoption of new storytelling approaches, all with the overarching objective of integrating diverse perspectives on climate risks. Under this, a key initiative is WYSER Leaders: Women and Youth Scaling Engagement in Resilience. This initiative provides support to youth and women, enhancing their capacity to shape resilient futures through various developmental activities.

Lastly, we aim to support a wider diversity of stakeholders that are committed to 4.) embedding resilience in the private and financial sectors. This involves encouraging businesses, financial institutions, insurers, and asset managers to incorporate climate risk and resilience action into their core strategies, operations, and reporting, thereby contributing to a more resilient future. This includes the PREPARE Call to Action to the Private Sector, which supports private sector organisations and companies to take steps to improve climate resilience for consumers and communities.

Our 2024-2029 Strategy is our comprehensive plan to navigate the complexities of resilience in the coming years, ensuring that we are better prepared to support communities and ecosystems worldwide.

Read the full strategy here.