The Building Resilience Through Education (BRTE) Consortium brings together partners from academia, the private sector and NGOs to find innovative ways to strengthen the resilience of communities affected by recurring disasters. This project has its origins in an ex-post impact evaluation of Concern Worldwide’s 25-year engagement in Wolaita, Ethiopia, conducted by University College Dublin’s Centre for Humanitarian Action (UCD CHA) in collaboration with Wolaita Sodo University, the evaluation found that, despite significant improvements in communities’ capacities to both absorb the effects of recurring disasters and to adapt their livelihoods based on experience of recent disasters, they remain extremely vulnerable to their natural and environmental context. As a result, there is an urgent need for a novel approach that moves beyond supporting the mere absorption of or adaptation to recurring shocks and that transforms the capacity of exposed communities.
Recognizing this urgent need to transform the capacity of exposed communities, UCD and WSU entered into a partnership programme with education and research as the critical ingredients to build resilient communities in Ethiopia. In partnership with Concern Worldwide, the Network on Humanitarian Action, Dublin-based socio-economic research firm Future Analytics Ltd, the BRTE consortium has secured €2.1 million in Horizon 2020 funding under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) scheme. The duration of the project is four years, from January 2018- January 2022