"As a resilience analyst of the INFORMED programme within the Resilience Team for East Africa, I work to support resilience measurement and analysis in order to develop capacities of national staff to collect data through surveys
, and use these data for better informing policy and programming activities.
The INFORMED programme contributed to the development of the Resilience Index Measurement and Analysis (RIMA) tool in Uganda focusing in particular on training to improve knowledge and skills of national specialists. The training addressed two different target audiences: a team of experts on economic/statistical analysis and monitoring and evaluation about resilience factors, and a group of non-technical stakeholders working on programme and policy development. At the end of the training, the former group was able to implement a resilience analysis exercise with the support of the INFORMED team, whereas the latter improved skills to read the results of the analysis, prioritizing areas and population groups for better programming interventions and developing policies at national level.
Enhancing the capacities of local institutions makes it possible for the Uganda government to progressively master the resilience measurement and analysis process. The national Resilience Measurement Unit, developed thanks to INFORMED support, is now able to conduct their own resilience data collections and run the analyses, as they recently did for the refugee and host communities in South-West Uganda. Moreover, the Office of the Prime Minister, by endorsing the results and recommendations of the resilience report on refugees and host communities in Northern Uganda, will use it to guide the programming of new actions for improving resilience.
I believe that a resilience measurement unit institutionalized at government level, as it was done by the INFORMED programme in Uganda, is ideal for better coordination of policies and programmes to be implemented by governments and diverse stakeholders, including NGOs, regional intergovernmental bodies such as IGAD and UN agencies. This concerted approach, driven by the government, will be highly beneficial to the vulnerable groups because it will help prepare well-informed and timely responses to crisis scenarios taking into account specific constraints and needs in the areas targeted by the programme.”
Immaculate Atieno, Resilience Analyst - FAO Resilience Team for East Africa