The world is becoming a more turbulent place. Climate change is the single greatest threat, contributing to more extreme and unpredictable natural disasters, both large and small. At the same time, increased violent conflicts around the world are affecting more and more people. Both sudden shocks and slow onset changes and stresses erode the livelihoods of people living in poverty, undoing development gains made in the past. CARE aims to empower poor and marginalized people to take their own lives in their hands, therefore increasing resilience has to be a core part of how CARE works everywhere, emphasizing the impact of climate change at all levels and to build knowledge for global change through our Climate Change & Resilience programs.
Our approach for building resilience starts with strengthening poor people’s capacities to deal with shocks and stresses, manage risks, and transform their lives in response to new hazards and opportunities. Simultaneously, CARE seeks to address the underlying causes of vulnerability of different groups of people, and improve the social, economic and ecological systems and structures that support them. Building resilience goes beyond the ability to recover from shocks and includes addressing the context that makes people vulnerable. That is central to CARE’s approach on Climate Change & Resilience.