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

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


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.

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Adaptation Phase
Sharing Lessons
Community / Local
Sector Addressed
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Transportation / Infrastructure
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Create stakeholder engagement processes to develop and implement adaptation strategies
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Make infrastructure resistant or resilient to climate change
Governance and Policy
Sociopolitical Setting