Yale Himalaya Initiative

environment | livelihood | culture

Creating Evidence for Resilience in Development Practice: Lessons Learnt from Collaboration between LWR and YHI

Event time: 
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 5:30pm
Room 41C, Sage Hall See map
205 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

Lutheran World Relief (LWR)’s Transboundary Flood Resilience (TBR) project aims to increase the resilience of communities living along the border between India and Nepal which are affected by annual monsoonal floods in rivers Koshi and Gandak. The project aims to achieve its goals by establishing early warning systems and improving the capacity of local communities to manage flood risks.  The TBR project provides a unique and challenging opportunity to measure flood resilience of communities. The research reported here, carried out by the Yale Himalaya Initiative (YHI), in partnership with LWR, and combined the strengths of Sustainable Livelihood and the Cross Scale Resilience Analysis frameworks to develop an indicator-based resilience measurement tool. The tool, based on theory of complex adaptive systems, considers communities living along the borders to be dynamic, complex and evolving, and provides for a systematic assessment of changes in multiple types of community resources, institutions, and processes over time.

The talk program includes LWR and its programs, overall context of river basins, LWR and YHI partnership, the research methodology, the resilience tools and its’ major results/finding, major issues and challenges and ways forward. This will be join talk program of LWR and YHI. Mr. Narayan Gyawali, Program Director of TBR Project from LWR will be presenting the overviews of the Project and its collaborations with YHI and field experiences from the surveys. Similarly, YHI (Zach Garcia and Camilo Huneeus-Guzman) will be presenting resilience measurement tools and findings.

Speaker Bio:

Narayan Gyawali, who is working in the capacity of Program Director for Nepal-India Trans-boundary Resilience Project (TBR) at Lutheran World Relief. TBR is multi-stakeholders Project and he is managing the project very well. Professorially, Mr. Gyawali is M&E expert and served as M&E Advisor for Asia and Middle East just  before this position at LWR. In overall, Mr. Gyawali has about 16 years professional experiences in the humanitarian and development field. Mr. Gyawali also served as Executive Director for a social organization (TPO Nepal) in Nepal and managed over 100 staffs. 

Academically, he has passed Master on Development Evaluation and Management from Belgium. Besides, he has also completed Masters on Sociology and Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Tribhuwan University, Nepal.