Organisational flexibility in fragile contexts

A Research project by FUTUREPROOF-IDEAS
November 2019

Ready to Change? Building flexibility into the triple nexus
Commissioned by ALNAP

A commissioned piece of research by ALNAP exploring the approaches most suitable for work in fragile contexts and protracted crises, which span the humanitarian-development-peacebuilding nexus.

Flexible approaches to programming are a new way of working for multi-mandate agencies and they remain in the early phases of implementation and learning. Three case studies were developed as part of this study from multi-mandate agencies that are developing and delivering more intentional flexible approaches in fragile contexts. These approaches included both anticipatory strategies (considering change that can reasonably be expected to occur in the given context and the corresponding response needed to meet such change) and adaptive strategies (when changes are difficult to anticipate). The agencies profiled were: Christian Aid in Burundi and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as part of the Humanitarian Programme Plan; World Vision in DRC as part of the Fragile Context Programme Approach; and Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in DRC and Cameroon as part of the Integrated Programming approach.

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