How to build resilience from the ground up

Helen Young will be a featured panelist at the following event, hosted by ODI at their office in London and livestreamed to a global audience. Click here to register.

‘Resilience’ features heavily in the new set of global frameworks, having been incorporated into the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Sustainable Development Goals and the World Humanitarian Summit.

Building resilience will ensure that development efforts are not undermined by extreme climate events, but understanding how to do it the right way – particularly at the local level – is a complex undertaking.

What challenges and limitations do contexts affected by climate change, disasters and conflict present to building resilience? What investments are being made in vulnerable countries to build climate resilience and how do they work?

This event explores the combination of targeted interventions that can best manage risk and reduce vulnerability in order to increase capacities.


  • Razia Iqbal @raziaiqbal – Special correspondent and presenter, BBC News (chair)
  • John Carstensen @redgreenjc – Head of Profession, Climate and Environment, Department for International Development (DFID)
  • Helen Young – Research Director for Nutrition, Livelihoods and Conflict, Tufts University and BRACED BRICS consortium
  • John Twigg – Principal Research Fellow, ODI
  • Isaac Gahungu – Programme Coordinator, Concern Worldwide