CoBRA Implementation Guidelines

CoBRA Implementation Guidelines

June 28, 2017

Community-Based Resilience Analysis (CoBRA) is a tool which intends to understanding resilience from community and household perspectives based on the assumption that building blocks of resilience vary from location to location. Using participatory methods, CoBRA strives to help local populations, who are affected by different shocks and stresses, describe and explain resilience on their own, based on their successful experiences to cope with these shocks and stresses. 

CoBRA Implementation Guidelines have been developed to support organizations interested in undertaking the CoBRA assessment. Such organisations could include governments, NGOs and UN agencies. Ideally the assessment should be undertaken by multi-agency teams, to avoid bias in community response and reiterate the multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder nature of resilience.

The guidelines build on the methodology section of the CoBRA Conceptual Framework and Methodology and provide more detailed and practical guidance. CoBRA Implementation Guidelines Version 2 were developed, incorporating a wide range of comments and recommendations provided by Version 1 users.   

Completing a CoBRA assessment comprises three phases, which are further broken down into a series of logical steps. For each step, the guidelines outline:

• Issues the assessment team needs to consider and address;

• Specific activities to be undertaken by the assessment team; and

• The outputs to be generated at the end of the step upon completion of particular activities.

The guidelines are supplemented by a comprehensive set of Supporting Documents (SDs), which, as annexes, provide tools, reporting formats, and other helpful information to aid each step in the CoBRA implementation process.