Resilient Malian Child (RMC) Summary

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Funded by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and launched in partnership with University of Sciences, Techniques and Technology of Bamako (USTTB), Tulane University's Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (DRLA) initiated the Resilient Malian Child (RMC) Program to deepen the knowledge of child well-being and resilience in the Malian context. This 18 months project, funded by UNICEF Mali, will generate an effective strategic approach to designing and evaluating a resilience framework for children in Mali. This resilience framework will allow stakeholders to have a better understanding of what are the important resilient strategies and coping mechanism of children in targeted communities at various levels (biological, psychological, economic, environmental/ecological, social, etc.).

This will include examination of how children experience shocks and stresses in the drought and conflict-prone regions of Mali. RMC will establish a forum, led by the USTTB, through which stakeholders can interact to collaborate, learn and adapt their approaches based on the information and analysis made available through the RMC project.

UNICEF       Funded by the United Nations Children's Fund

Goal

The over-arching goal of the Resilient Malian Children program is to promote greater child and youth well being by deepening the understanding of resilience in Mali. DRLA and its partners will work towards the overall result of developing an evidence based child resilience framework that guides stakeholders on the design and evaluation of effective child resilience programs. In line with this overall result, RMC will work towards: 1) improved child resilience programming involving the use of a scientific theory of change, 2) credible child resilience evidence improving overall program effectiveness and 3) creating and implementing an evidence-based resilience toolbox. These results will yield tangible, sustainable results and will provide an additive quality to existing UNICEF programming in the region. It is expected that strengthening child resilience will engage multiple systems at all levels, all interventions and sectors. It is important to examine the combination of context setting and intervention that is associated with greater resilience outcomes.

Objectives

As noted above, the aim of this project is to design and evaluate a resilience framework for Mali that will result in greater child/youth well-being in targeted communities. The four project objectives include:

  1. Contextual Analysis: To develop an interactive resilience knowledge database with relevant evaluations, studies, surveys and other documents related to child resilience in Mali and the Sahel as appropriate;
  2. Qualitative Stakeholder Engagement: To develop contextualized thematic child resilience framework that guides assessment, dimensions, and indicators; conceptualizes child resilience pathways and illustrates entry points for child resilience interventions.
  3. Quantitative Baselines: To develop and test a tool box of metrics and indicators to evaluate the resilience of children, their communities, and aspects that influence child/youth resilience;
  4. Utilization: To develop a "How-to" guide providing practical guidance and tools for UNICEF country office program staff and key partners for mainstreaming/strengthening resilience in existing or future programs/plans.

Deliverables

ResilientChild: Mali Knowledge Database

An interactive resilience knowledge database with relevant evaluations, studies, surveys and other documents related to child resilience in Mali and the Sahel as appropriate.


RMC Partner
Through our extensive network of academics and practitioners, DRLA focuses on building the capacity of government groups, academia, NGOs, civil society organizations and community leaders to reduce risk and vulnerability and promote resilient outcomes

 

Bamako
 The University of Sciences, Techniques and Technologies of Bamako will work in partnership with TU/DRLA to generate an effective strategic approach to design and evaluate a youth-centric resilience framework for Mali. The University of Bamako, established since 1996, is Mali's only public university, and has extensive networks within the region. These networks will add to the gathering of practitioners and researchers on resilience in a regional community of learning and practice to identify strategies and best practices for empowering children and youth through programs that build and advance resilience outcomes. Stakeholders will further interact to collaborate, learn and adapt their approaches based on the information made available in the databases developed under the RMC program.