The Project-Level Early Warning (PLEW) Interest Group hosted TANGO’s Tim Frankenberger who discussed how analysis of real-time data collected during an in-progress shock presented a unique opportunity to understand how, in a time of increasing climatic variability throughout East Africa, droughts affect households, their responses, and whether their resilience capacity can help them recover.
Operating in the highly shock-prone areas of Ethiopia’s Somali, Borena, and Afar regions, USAID’s Pastoral Areas Resilience Improvement through Market Expansion Project (PRIME), implemented by Mercy Corps, works to increase incomes, enhance resilience, and bolster adaptive capacity to climate change among targeted populations. As part of its work, PRIME regularly used a short survey instrument to understand how project-targeted households coped with drought, how drought affected their food security, and whether those households with stronger resilience capacities prior to the drought’s onset were more resilient to its effects.
The PLEW Interest Group aims to encourage the exchange of ideas, methods, lessons learned, and promising practices surrounding project-level early warning and response systems. While the interest group applies learning from these exchanges to enhance the PLEW element within USAID’s Office of Food For Peace (FFP) development food assistance projects, we encourage participation from FFP-funded and non-FFP-funded project stakeholders, from US government-funded and non-US government-funded program staff, and other interested parties.