Irish Aid Policy Brief: Building Resilience

This policy brief is primarily intended to help develop a common understanding of resilience across Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). It sets out the rationale and policy context for building resilience, introduces five principles that underpin a resilience approach and explores some of the opportunities and challenges inherent in adopting a resilience approach across Irish Aid. It draws on international literature and the work of other donors and partners but it is tailored to Irish Aid, offering our own working definitions and examples, based on our approach and experience to date. While primarily an internal document, it is written with a view to being shared with Irish Aid partners to inform programme design and policy positions.