”Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene: Investments for Development” (GRAID) is a programme hosted by the Stockholm Resilience Centre and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

GRAID is about doing development differently. It aims to bridge the worlds of resilience thinking and development practice. In using resilience thinking in development, GRAID will contribute to identifying interventions that can enable people to transform out of poverty, and enhance long term human well-being in spite of uncertainty, surprise and turbulence, while also supporting planetary life support systems.

The programme will strengthen Stockholm Resilience Centre’s efforts to locate potential synergies and barriers between resilience and international development policies and practices. GRAID will generate the latest knowledge on resilience thinking, synthesize and employ insights to assess and build resilience in the context of development across Global South. It will also develop methodologies and training programmes for assessing and building resilience in the Sahel, Horn of Africa, and South and Southeast Asia.

GRAID’s mission is to increase awareness, understanding, and usage of resilience as an integral part of sustainable development

GRAID acts as a strategic knowledge partner to the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP), convened jointly by the Rockefeller Foundation, USAID and Sida. In 2014, these three organisations created the GRP to identify and scale locally driven, high impact, innovative solutions in order to build resilience for people in the abovementioned targeted regions. GRAID supports the GRP in defining the role of resilience in the international development arena. GRAID helps to clarify the need for a resilience discourse in the development sector, and the need to move towards the integration of development, humanitarian aid, climate change, environment and many other sectors.

GRAID brings leading thinkers and practitioners together to discuss how resilience is being used across diverse organisations and development contexts. It collaborates with two satellite hubs based in South Africa: Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Complex Systems in Transition (CST), and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)’s Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Research Group. GRAID also leverages the Stockholm Resilience Centre’s networks, working with the Resilience Alliance, the Australian Resilience Centre, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia, and SwedBio in Sweden.

Extended list of partners

  • The Global Resilience Partnership (GRP), including Sida, Rockefeller Foundation and USAID
  • The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
    African Climate Change Adaptationo Initiative (ACCAI) Network
    African GRAID Resilience Changemakers network
    Community of Practice
    Earth League Alliance
    Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA)
    Future Earth
    Global Fellowship on Social Innovation (funded by Rockefeller Foundation)
    Local Governments for Sustainability in Africa (ICLEI Africa)
    Natural Capital project, Stanford University, TNC and University of Minnesota
    Resilience Alliance
    Resilience Institute, University of Waterloo Social Innovation
    Rockefeller Foundation
    Sustainable Development Solutions Network
    Sustainable Development Goals Academy
    Seeds of Good Anthropocene
    Southern African Program on Ecosystem Change & Society (SAPECS)
    Sustainable Poverty Alleviation from Coastal Ecosystem Services (SPACES)
    Programme for Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS)
    The World in 2050
    UN Development Programme
    UN Environment Programme