Dear Ms. Pradhan,
Thank you for your question. Indeed, enhancing resilience capacity of those at risk should be a priority, and this is probably the utmost reason why we are prioritizing localization in the sector. I think the people possess great level of resilience in their lives already, and it is a matter of enhancing that with more enabling environment (to cope with increasing risks). They may need information (e.g. forecast of changing rain patterns), evening-out the risk level (e.g. insurance for their livelihood), physical infrastructure to mitigate future risk impact (e.g. cyclone shelter with livestock evacuation options). Many of these can be done by people themselves to an extent, but their efforts can be significantly enhanced through additional support.
I think the innovation in such risk mitigation and resilience comes with the localized perspective that we have and share within the sector. If we start looking at things with the eyes of the local population who are facing the actual challenge, things will be dramatically different. So, let us include them in the policy debate, budget allocation discussions, and planning of future risk reduction direction. As they say, people are the greatest assets we have in reducing risks.