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A Multidimensional Approach to Measuring Resilience

October 2, 2013

There is currently a wave of enthusiasm for "building resilience" in the international humanitarian and development sectors. This has coincided with a number of attempts to both define what resilience is and devise ways of measuring it. However, rather than comprehensively reviewing these attempts, this paper presents Oxfam GB's own approach for both understanding and measuring resilience. It begins by interrogating the essence of resilience and substantiating its multidimensional nature. This is followed by describing the conceptual framework underlying the approach and how it applies the Alkire-Foster method used in the measurement of multidimensional constructs, such as poverty and women's empowerment. Thereafter, the approach's utility in informing situational analyses, outcome tracking, and impact evaluations is described, using primary data collected from Ethiopia's Somali Region. A critical review of its strengths and limitations is presented.

Evaluation of Oxfam Disaster Preparedness and Contingency Planning Project in Uganda

January 14, 2011

Uganda faces frequent humanitarian challenges, both natural and conflict related. In order to improve preparedness and response to these events, Oxfam GB with Oxfam NOVIB and Oxfam Ireland developed a Disaster Preparedness and Contingency Planning (DPCP) project. The project (April 2007 - September 2008) aimed to improve preparedness and increase effective and accountable humanitarian response by Oxfam and stakeholders, based on the underlying principles of communication, consultation and co-ordination. This final review assesses achievements against expected results and advises the Oxfam International (OI) country team on an eventual follow-up phase.