RAN’s Theory of Change
RAN’s Theory of Change states: ‘The resilience of people and systems in Africa will be strengthened by leveraging the knowledge, scholarship and creativity that exists across the ResilientAfrica Network to incubate, test, and scale innovations that target capabilities and reduce vulnerabilities identified by a scientific, data-driven, and evidenced-based resilience framework for sub-Saharan Africa’.
Upon reasonable development and testing, the innovations incubated by RAN shall be translated into ‘resilience interventions’ and scaled in representative target populations. RAN’s assumption is that the effects observed in the test populations can be replicated and brought to scale in other communities that share similar development challenges in sub-Saharan Africa. We postulate that if the ‘right innovations’ (hence interventions) are applied to a reasonable degree of scale in target communities (i.e. that a ‘substantial’ proportion of the population in the target communities ‘adopts’ them), they will significantly contribute to ‘improving’ the resilience of these communities.
We are using the term ‘strengthening resilience’ other than ‘building resilience’ because we believe that communities will not start from zero – there is existing strength and background resilience (in form of adaptive strategies) in the communities on which we shall build. The impact of resilience interventions on communities should be measurable. Successful innovations/interventions are expected to impact on at-least one or more building blocks of resilience in the target communities. These ‘building blocks of resilience’ are in the form of measurable ‘resilience dimensions’ which are specified and described separately for each Resilience Innovation Challenge.