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Slide background Indonesia Most communities have some measures and processes in place that form a foundation for their resilience, and that can be built upon.

In rural parts of the Indonesian island of Sumbawa, for instance, this includes institutionalized support for vulnerable households, the maintenance of sufficient food reserves/buffers, and a strongly developed tradition of community action.

Photo: P. Bolte

Slide background India A fisherman in the south-eastern state of Tamil Nadu pulls in his boat.

Here, Banyaneer evaluated an integrated program for community development.

Having grown organically from a health initiative to a broader program that also covered disaster risk reduction, livelihood and violence prevention, the program featured a strong community basis and reinforced social safety nets.

Photo: P. Bolte

Slide background Indonesia A member of a village disaster management team in eastern Flores shows evacuation routes.

Banyaneer conducted the evaluation of a community resilience project across four areas in Eastern Indonesia.

The project reinforced local groups, linkages to disaster management agencies, and featured effective local solutions identified through community action plans.

Photo: P. Bolte

Slide background Laos A woman prepares a new vegetable patch in the eastern highlands of Attapeu province.

Being one of the poorest areas of Laos, food security remains a critical concern.

Banyaneer conducted several studies in the country and has a pool of experienced enumerators and research partners.

Photo: P. Bolte

Slide background Papua New Guinea A women’s group on the remote island of Nissan conducts a livelihood analysis exercise.

Banyaneer carried out an evaluation of a community-based adaptation project. Like most Banyaneer evaluations, this included a mixed-method approach: household survey plus community workshop with gender-based group exercises and focus group discussions.

Photo: P. Bolte

Slide background Cambodia Farmer Kham Thong in front of his new vegetable garden and fish pond. As plantations replace forest and farming land, food supply has been precarious for many years.

The EU-funded Annadya project addressed this issue in a holistic manner by promoting new agricultural techniques, saving groups, and improving water supply and market access.

Banyaneer provided the mid-term review and final evaluation for this project.

Photo: C. Delannoy

Slide background Tajikistan Investing in disaster risk reduction pays off: in the village of Khonako in western Tajikistan, the community decided to deepen and reinforce a flood canal back in 2006.

Almost ten years later, Banyaneer conducted a cost-benefit analysis and found that the investment paid off several times: with the canal, dangerous mudflows now bypass properties and incur reduced damages and losses.

Photo: P. Bolte

Slide background Philippines On the island of Leyte in the central Philippines, the recovery process from Typhoon Haiyan is ongoing.

Banyaneer conducted a large survey amongst affected households, thereby establishing a baseline for a large multi-sectoral Red Cross program.

Photo: P. Bolte

Now measuring resilience.

 

Patrick BolteSince our garage-based start seven years ago (I know it’s a cliché, but it’s true), Banyaneer has come a long way – quite literally. Over the years, we have visited around 400 communities – many in far-flung places like Laotian hills and isolated atolls in Papua New Guinea. In the almost 40 studies we provided to our clients, we have focused on delivering practice-oriented and professional products based on rigorous research.

That is not going to change – in fact, we look forward to continuous learning and improvement. But as we enter a new year, we are excited to offer new, additional services. Aside from baselines, evaluations and research, we now have four new ways supporting practitioners to reinforce resilience.

Participants of our first 'measuring resilience' training course in Bangladesh

First, we have developed a set of training courses that can be booked as team packages. Whether you would like to develop your team’s monitoring skills, learn how to conduct robust baseline surveys, develop better skills at resilience programming, the promotion of behaviour change, or plan to maximise the sustainability of your outcomes through an exit strategy – we have a course on offer (see training).

Second, we also realise that in some cases, practitioners may face small challenges that do not always need a full-fledged consultancy (you can spare the writing of terms of reference). We are ready to help: through our on-demand services, we can help you deal with challenges – for instance, our statisticians are ready to crunch your numbers, helping to analyse data that you have already collected.

At the other end of the scale, we now also offer support in project design. Having identified success factors and pitfalls in evaluations across the region, we are ready to apply these lessons in the formulation of projects.

Our fourth new service is now finally ready: our resilience radar is designed as a tool to measure the level of resilience amongst project communities. See our resilience radar page and start exploring the new tool. We just finished our first training course on applying the resilience radar as well as the resilience star, a participatory tool that is part of IFRC’s Road Map to Community Resilience. Join us on the Resilience Radar community of practice at LinkedIn.

Warm regards,

Patrick Bolte | Principal partner

 

Overview of past Banyaneer consultancies Banyaneer consultancies 2010-2016[Click image to enlarge]

Rigorous research.  Professional presentation. 

Banyaneer reportsOur overview of the reports we produced for our clients highlights the principles we apply in baselines, evaluations and other studies: having the reader – and ultimately utilisation – in mind, we deliver concise and professional reports based on rigorous research – ready for publishing. Have a look!

 
Invest in your team: our training courses. 

Banyaneer reportsHave a look at our new training portfolio and see how we can help to further enhance the capacity of your team. All courses can be adapted to the specific requirements of your team and project.