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Track 4: Data and Resilience

Sessions in this track will illustrate how we use proven and emerging measures, methods, and evidence for strengthening the resilience of households, communities and market systems and how we empower people with data. The committee is interested both in new data and ways of measuring, as well as new uses or analysis for existing datasets. Because different definitions of resilience are used by different organizations, if desired, you may provide your definition of resilience at the forefront of your proposal submission to allow reviewers to contextualize it and better understand your proposal

Evidence on Pushing Frontiers in Gender and Financial Inclusion

Chaired by ICRW

The discussion will cover a range of topics in extending financial services to low-income women, including government payments and formal bank linkages and examine how these services build resilience and empowerment. Researchers and implementers from four financial inclusion projects will provide evidence on the use of financial services that have reduced vulnerabilities and improved household responses to shocks and stresses. They will further demonstrate the importance of tailored interventions accounting for harmful gender norms around literacy, numeracy, technology use and transaction preferences.

Measuring and Analyzing Market Systems Resilience: The Big Picture

Chaired by ACDI/VOCA

You thought resilience measurement was hard? Add systems into the mix! This session will highlight the experience of several projects who have tried to generate, analyze, and react to evidence on how risk is experienced and managed at the market system level, using new tools and existing data/methods, analyzed through emerging lenses on MSR and its determinants. This includes an enterprise survey-based Market Systems Diagnostic piloted in Honduras, network analysis, and a consensus-based MSR Index in Bangladesh. Participants will learn about each tool, the users' experience (benefits, challenges, insights), and refine it through peer problem-solving and a design-your-own activity.

How Data Can Help Design Climate Resilient Livelihoods Programs

Chaired by Chemonics

As the frequency and magnitude of climate-related hazards increase, people's livelihoods are increasingly affected, particularly those of rural and vulnerable populations. We must improve our predictive and responsive capacities in equal measure, and data will be key in this effort. Panelists will present a framework to understand how data and analysis can be used to foster greater resiliency for household and community level livelihoods in response to climate-related shocks. The session will also include lessons learned from projects that are integrating climate data to help communities adapt livelihoods in response to such climate related events.

What Works: New Research in Preventing Violence while Building Resilience

Chaired by Women for Women International

Interventions that promote resilience, gender equality, and women's economic empowerment often disrupt traditional gender norms, and spurring growing fears of increased violence against women involved in economic programming. DFID's What Works to Prevent Violence program has produced rigorous evidence on the most effective interventions to address violence against women and girls. This session will present research and learning from three 'What Works' projects in conflict-affected contexts. Lessons learned through this program must inform program design to avoid any increase in violence and other unintended consequences while simultaneously promoting household and community resilience, particularly in conflict-affected environments.

Harnessing the Power of Data for Financial Resilience

Chaired by DAI

Digital technology is undoubtedly one of the strongest tools to foster financial inclusion for unbanked populations, but can easily fall apart if the financial ecosystem is uncooperative. The session will explore how data generated through a PAYGO intervention can be instrumental to engage the financial sector and other market players to go rural. We will discover how data can be used to scale up offerings for credit and others services for rural communities. With generous time allocated for discussion, participants will work together with their peers to identify future challenges in paving the path to enhance community resilience through use of data.


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