Taadoud Transition to Development Project (SHARP)

Taadoud is a three-year, six member INGO partnership led by Catholic Relief Services that aims to support conflict-affected households to rebuild their livelihoods and to prepare them to deal with future shocks and stresses. Feinstein and Ahfad University for Women are the the operational research partners, aiming to strengthen the impact of resilience-related actions and interventions through:

  • improving understanding and analysis of resilience in the Darfur context using a livelihoods lens
  • increasing the capacity of local, national, and international stakeholders in resilience approaches and operational research

The research analyzes how livelihood systems have been affected by the multiple shocks experienced in Darfur, the choices families have made to sustain themselves throughout, and the extent to which they have been successful. The field research was conducted in two phases: 1. a scoping study and 2. follow-up field research in West, South, and East Darfur. Together, these studies contribute to our understanding of resilience in the Darfur context, the nature of resilience in general, and provides guidance toward promoting resilience.

Taadoud is implemented across all five Darfur states in over 200 communities.

Taadoud is one project implemented by six INGO partners in all five Darfur states. The implementing agencies are: Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), Oxfam America, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), World Vision, and Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD).
The research is intended to be carried out in a way that promotes research partnerships and builds the capacity of humanitarian actors in the research techniques of collecting and using qualitative data as well as understanding resilient livelihoods in the current context. Since 2014 Feinstein has worked with Ahfad University for Women in Sudan as the operational research partners of  the project.
The Road to Resilience A Scoping Study for the Taadoud Transition to Development Project
By Merry Fitzpatrick, Helen Young | March 2016

This scoping study explores the resilience strategies of households in multiple livelihood systems by describing how households in Darfur have coped with conflict and other shocks over the past fifteen...

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Risk and Returns: Household Priorities For Resilient Livelihoods in Darfur
By Merry Fitzpatrick, Helen Young | March 2017

This report describes exactly how shocks have affected specific livelihood groups in Darfur, the extent to which people have been able successful at recovering their self-sufficiency, and why.

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