How Livelihoods Support is Bolstered by Social Sources of Resilience
Join REAL for the final discussion in a series of three, based on our recently published Resilience Rapid Learning Series.
The third discussion is based on the brief Role of Markets in Strengthening Social Resilience Capacities in Northeast Nigeria, which documents how a combination of livelihood support and economic collectives like village savings and loan associations (VSLAs) can develop financial and social sources of resilience in crisis contexts. In protracted crises, where the state has limited capacity or lacks the political will to provide for and protect its citizens, people rely on markets and social connections for protection, information, and economic resources. Resilience capacities such as agency and confidence in the future are equally important. But how might aid interventions in protracted crises develop these important sources of resilience? Early evidence from two economic recovery interventions in Northeast (NE) Nigeria found that a combination of livelihood-support and economic collectives such as VSLAs helped develop financial and social sources of resilience through three pathways.
The event will be held in English with simultaneous interpretation in French. For more information, including panelist bios, please click here.
Vaidehi (Vai) Krishnan
Vaidehi Krishnan (Vai) is a researcher with Mercy Corps' cash and markets portfolio. Previously she has managed programs in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. She is the co-author of ‘The Wages of War’ in Syria and ‘The Currency of Connections’ in South Sudan. Most recently, Vai co-authored ‘A Million-Dinar Question’-- a cash research in Iraq that examines the impact of varying cash transfer values and financial health education on Iraqis’ economic and social wellbeing. Personally, Vai loves to ask the question “why” so the research role is simply a perfect fit.
Jamila Mahdi is a social development expert with 9 years’ experience in humanitarian and development programs (CSO/International organization), with expertise in Market Systems Development. Her career includes experience in both field and program offices, project design implementation, Market Systems Development and Livelihoods and Partner management. She holds a Postgraduate diploma in Accounting and Finance, several certifications in Development Program management, Resilience and Market Systems Development, and Gender and Protection. Jamila has experience with partnership management through her work with the innovative Poultry Development for Resettlement program implemented by Mercy Corps Nigeria, and is a member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, and a member of Market Systems practitioners at Mercy Corps.
Jeeyon Kim is the Senior Researcher for Resilience at Mercy Corps, where she leads research related to resilience in fragile contexts. Her recent research focuses on migration and linkages between resilience and women’s empowerment, social connectedness, and food security.