Welcome to the RMEL Conference 2018

Measuring Up to the Resilience Challenge

Dear colleagues,

It is our privilege to welcome you to the first RMEL conference, taking place in New Orleans on November 12-15, 2018. This event couldn’t be held in a more fitting city; catastrophically affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, New Orleans embodies the heart and spirit of resilience. The city and its communities have recovered and revitalized in the wake of disaster. Described as the “most unique” in the United States, New Orleans is rich in history and culture—a melting pot renowned for its distinct music, diverse people, and Creole cuisine!

It is a critical time for Resilience Measurement, Evaluation and Learning (RMEL). Governments, cities, businesses, and citizens’ groups around the world are grappling with the challenges of growth and adaptation—of remaining both prepared and responsive during a time of increased global change. Social, political and economic leaders are demanding knowledge and evidence of what works for strengthening resilience: the abilities and capacities for surviving—and even thriving—in the face of change.

RMEL specialists have been leaders in taking the concept of resilience from theoretical niche towards widespread application. The RMEL Conference 2018 provides a fantastic opportunity to bring together RMEL specialists from a diverse range of sectors, disciplines, and geographies. We are delighted with the program as it takes shape. The event will include international experts who will present the latest methods and research and will provide opportunities for leaders in the RMEL field to share evidence and knowledge of what works.

The conference offers our vibrant and growing community a significant opportunity in which to network and explore new collaborations. Delegates will stimulate debate and produce forward-looking recommendations, both setting an agenda for the RMEL field, as well as informing decision-makers and investors.

We would like to thank each of you who will join us at the conference. As experts in the RMEL field, you have the vision, the knowledge, and experience to help pave the paths to a resilient future. As underserved and financially constrained communities worldwide demonstrate resilience and vibrancy—even in the face of growing risks, threats and stresses - your work in making and sustaining the case for investments in resilience is critical to match their efforts.

For those still considering their participation, please don’t miss this inspiring gathering of global colleagues, and the chance to connect, network, and enjoy New Orleans. Through partnership and collaboration, we are Measuring Up to the Resilience Challenge!

We look forward to seeing you there.

Tim Frankenberger and Nancy Mock

Co-Chairs, RMEL Conference 2018 Program Committee

Georgina Jordan and Dorcas Robinson

Co-Directors, RMEL Community of Practice