Global Resilience Partnership Names Challenge Winners

The Global Resilience Partnership has announced grants totaling up to $8 million to eight teams working to improve the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable populations in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Mali, Nepal, Niger, Uganda, and the Philippines.

Awarded through the multi-stage Global Resilience Challenge, the grants will be used to demonstrate how each team's solution could be scaled and adopted by others in the future. The competition is the first project undertaken by the partnership, a public-private initiative convened by the Rockefeller Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency that has committed $160 million to efforts aimed at fostering resilience around the globe and transforming humanitarian and development assistance.

Recipients include teams from the Trans African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory, MetaMeta Research, Mahila Housing SEWA Trust, Grameen Foundation USA, Groundswell, Mercy Corps, Mercy Corps International, and the University of Sydney. Collectively, the teams, half of which are women-led, include sixty-eight professionals from fields such as meteorology, infrastructure design, and finance.

"We must better align humanitarian and development investments and thereby create a resilience dividend," said Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin. "The eight winners of the Global Resilience Challenge demonstrated how we can create multiple wins for individuals and communities when problems are clearly understood and when solutions respond not only to today’s realities, but build in flexibility to manage tomorrow’s unknowns."

For details about each team, visit the GRP website.

"Global Resilience Challenge Unveils Winning Solutions to Toughest Development Challenges." Global Resilience Partnership Press Release 09/27/2015.