As part of the programmatic design, we have a number of Resilience Support Initiatives (RSI) that aim to institutionalise resilience-building in the region. These have been developed to support AWARD and sub-grantees in RSI approaches and methods in order to sustain the process after life-of-project. These include the adoption of systemic, social learning processes as well as support for embedding conversations about climate change and adaptation options
- the Municipal Support Initiative (dealing with sustainable services delivery),
- Agricultural Support Initiative (dealing with food production);
- Civil Society Support Initiative (dealing with building resilience within civil society).
Resilience and Risk Assessments
AWARD has developed and tested the Collaborative Resilience Assessment Process (ColRAP) as an alternative to the conventional approaches to vulnerability and risk assessment. Both conceptually and methodologically and as part of a social learning process, ColRAP is an innovation in that it facilitates:
- developing a collective understanding of context and vulnerability at the start rather than the more conventional approaches which start with “expert-knowledge systems”;
- a process that acknowledge the broader “system” and opens up the possibility of facilitating more systemic thinking with stakeholders from the start;
- learning and adaptation. In keeping with a key feature of complex systems, this approach is dynamic where ideas and methods are modified with learning and reflection. This highlights emergence as a central theme.
Emergence is a key characteristic of complex systems and refers to the phenomenon where a larger – and often unanticipated - entity arises through the interactions between smaller components. Novelty is key. Examples include the human body emerging out of cells, or the stock market.
The Collaborative Risk Assessment process is supported by a range of other methods that allow the collective to deepen their understanding of the risks or vulnerabilities at hand. These include a number of expansive learning approaches such as CHAT, soft systems tools to explore relationships in an SES and on occasion, Collaborative Risk Assessment to ‘prioritise’ issues. To this suite we have now added collaborative dynamic modelling to explore the dynamics of an SES. A report detailing our experiences of developing and using ColRap will be available shortly.
Monitoring, evaluating, reporting and learning
AWARD has developed our own innovative quantitative and qualitative hybrid MERL model (link MERL)
The development of interim emeregncy operating rules for De-Hoop Dam
Innovation is around making IWRM more ‘accessible’ through approaches that build custodianship and collective action over the catchment’s water resources. link