For the community, by the community: Building resilience through infrastructure in rural India

Anu Jogesh, Uma Pal, Lydia Messling, and Georgina Wade
Posted on: 3/06/2020 - Updated on: 3/06/2020

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Will Bugler



The Resilience Shift wants to share good work by others, in this case, a technical assistance project supported by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). This case study tells the story of what good practice looks like for resilient infrastructure.

This is a story of infrastructure creation that does not begin with the asset. It begins instead with the people; specifically, the needs of some of the poorest and the most vulnerable in rural India. By linking to an established social security programme, the Infrastructure for Climate Resilient Growth in India (ICRG) project provides technical assistance to support the development of over 900 resilient infrastructure works in just 4 years. Funded by DFID, the ICRG has cleverly combined technology with traditional techniques to ensure that the assets build community resilience to climate change and can be built and maintained by the communities themselves.