How to repeat and strengthen risk-informed development

Stage 9

Stage nine of risk-informed development

This resource forms stage nine of our Risk-Informed Development Guide, which provides a comprehensive stage-by-stage approach to working with communities most at risk.

Stage nine involves repeating and strengthening the previous stages of the risk-informed development planning process.

It is not a one-off process. Everything within and outside the community is always evolving and dynamic, be it socio-economic, socio-cultural, environment or population changes.

It is critical that we reflect on how to revisit the risk-informed development planning stages to integrate new and dynamic challenges that emerge over time and expand the work as more people come on board and more complex risks are addressed.

To achieve this stage, go back and revisit any of the stages to respond to unforeseen factors, risk drivers (newly realised or pre-existing) and development drivers.

The value of risk-informed development is that it allows us to add in new ideas or bring more clarity to the process in a systematic manner without losing the spirit and objective of each stage.

If necessary, return to a former stage rather than attempting to complete all stages if something has been missed, or could be added, to improve the overall process. Success relies on adaptiveness. When all eight stages are complete, communities most at risk should have gained a good understanding of their:

  • Scope to drive risk-informed development for themselves
  • Power to make or influence decisions
  • Capacity to actively participate in decisions about their future
  • What have we achieved? What have we missed or could improve on? What have we learnt and are there new things to add?
  • Where do we go next? When should we revisit (any of) the stages?
  • What findings from the community-led process can inform policies, plans and regulations at national or regional levels?
  • What value are we seeing in the risk-informed development process? How can we capitalise on this value?
  • Are communities most at risk more aware of their rights? Are they more empowered? Are they aware of their role in deciding their future and development in their community? What more can be done?

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Our Risk-Informed Development Guide was produced as part of our Local Leadership for Global Impact project. The project and all related content was funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). All content is the sole responsibility of GNDR and does not necessarily reflect the views of the BMZ.

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Our Local Leadership for Global Impact project is implemented in partnership with Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe.

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